When I purchased this fabric, I was thinking of using it to make some art wall in my bedroom. Once back home, I realized that the pattern wouldn’t match in the room. I guess I was just looking for an excuse to buy this nice fabric coupon!
Anyway, the dotted pattern and the vintage colors will work perfectly for a dress. I like sewing clothes for myself even if I don’t do it very often. Most of my sewing projects are for the home: One hour floor cushion, a cloud pot holder or some fabric baskets. It’s quicker than sewing a garment piece.
Whether it’s for the few clothes I sew or the home decor accessories, I really have to think of adding some hang tag to my next sewing project, it will make it more special. Online, you can design by yourself hang tags the way you want, it seems quite simple. Did you ever try?
The easy dress sewing tutorial
I choose some light fabric, it looks like lycra but it’s not stretch (I can’t remember the name).
I bought a 7 feet long coupon. This dress is adaptable to the length you want to wear, from mini shirt to maxi dress.
First, you need to take your shoulders measurements ( aka the distance between your shoulders)
Fold the fabric in the middle lengthwise, and mark the center with a pin. Report your shoulders measurements, centering them on the fabric.
To make the trapeze shape, trace two 2 oblique lines on each side. Each line will joint the shoulder measurement point and the fabric edge. Cut along the lines. Use your first trapeze as a pattern. Place it on the fabric, pin, and cut to have a second identical trapeze shape. Serger all edges.
In the scrap fabric, cut two rectangles, the same length as the top part and 4 inches high. Serger the edges of the rectangles. Pin one rectangle on the trapeze top side, right side on the right side. Make a seam on the top part to sew both pieces together. Repeat the same on the second trapeze piece. Iron the seams.
Put the two trapeze on top of each other, right side on right side. To sew the straps of the dress, make a 2 inches seam on each side, as close as the edge as possible.
Grab one of your tank top to make the arm openings. Place the top on the fabric and report the shape on one side then on the other. Cut out the shape on both sides.
Open the dress and fold the fabric on the arm openings. Pin them and sew them.
Put back the two dress part on top of each other and sew the edge together.
Almost done! The last thing is sewing the bottom edge. The easier, is wearing the dress and ask someone to draw the bottom line on the fabric, at the high you like to wear it. Cut a little below the line, make a fold and sew.
Put the dress on, and wear it with a belt to mark the waist!
I choose to add pockets to the dress. I had to make several attempts to position them correctly. It wasn’t as easy as I thought.
Pin it now, do it later!
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