Therefore today I am going to show you a very simple easy way to make a dress fit for any occasion.
I have used this style of dress before and it is really very faltering.
You do not need to be advanced at sewing to get this done.
You are going to need:
- paper for tracing the pattern
- at least 1 m of fabric long x 1'5 wide (depending on how long you want your dress)
- a top to use as template (sports, strap tops are ideal) with a defined curve along the side of the waist.
- aprox 10 cm of elastic band
- Ribbon for the neck
- Ribbon for the waist line (optional)
- Thread in matching color ( I like to work with contrasts , but it's my personal taste)
- Basic knowledge of sewing skills, or be near someone that does have them.
- Sewing machine (or borrow one,so many people don't use them enough)
for the skirt bit of the dress, just follow the curve line, the wider you make it the more pleats you will get.
Make sure it is ironed and crease free.
Fold to match what you want it to be the back and the front, and then fold again so that the 4 sides match up.
Put your template in place ( I forgot to add the extra 1cm on the neck so adding it at this stage..
So....it's sewing time!
First stitch the armholes in, only fold it in 1 cm ( or whatever your Seam allowance was). If you iron it first it makes the job easier.
Next fold along the neck line and sew about 1'5 cm in. or a little bit wider than your ribbon .
Do this on both pieces, back and front neck.
You are now going to sew the elastic band from 1 armpit to the other.
To do this you secure your first few stitches on the fabric, ( the interior side) and set your machine on zig-zag stitch.
Pull your band to know how much it need to stretch to get to the other side and sew.
Note: when using a sewing machine, it is best to secure your stitch by starting and ending doing a back and forth stitch.
And it's done!!!
Your very own dress that nobody else will have !!
I have a couple like these in different fabrics and they are just perfect for any occasion! just change accessories to make it more or less formal.