Game Day Dress Tutorial

Tutorial for this cute Game Day dress with a square draped skirt by Melly Sews

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Today I’m going to show you the game day dress tutorial from yesterday’s post. I used a t-shirt and a little over two yards of knit fabric, and 1 inch elastic for the waist.

To make the skirt, I used the dimensions below, sewing where there are dashed lines so that I had a 56″round opening in the center (two times my waist measurement).

Then I sewed my elastic into a tube, making quarter circumference marks on it.  I matched one mark to the center back seam, one to each side seam that was formed by the 5.5 inch edge I sewed together, and the last mark lined up with the center front of the fabric.

Stretch the elastic flat as you sew it to the skirt fabric, leaving 1/2″ above the elastic as selvedge.

You can see in the pictures below how the squared off sides make the skirt drape differently from an A-line or rectangular skirt. They almost form pockets.

Front view
Side View
Next I traced a tank top that fit me, stopping about 6 inches below the armhole (if you’re more blessed in the chest area than me, you’d want to go lower. Measure yourself and adjust accordingly). I added seam allowances, then cut these pieces out of my t-shirt.

I sewed the pieces together at the sides and shoulders with my serger (use a zig-zag stitch if you don’t have a serger). Then I sewed a straight basting stitch around the neck and armholes 1/2″ in from the edge.

Then I turned the edges under, so that the basting line was right on the fold. This allows you to stretch the fabric inside the shirt to lay flat while keeping the outside of the shirt unwrinkled. (I hope that makes sense).

Then I used my twin needle to finish the edges. When using a twin needle, I always leave long tails and then thread them to the wrong side of the fabric and knot them. I’ve had too many double stitched hems come unraveled to skip this step.
Lastly, flip the top of the dress over the skirt so they’re right sides together, and stitch in place on the 1/2″ of skirt fabric above the elastic with a serger or zig-zag stitch.
Hem the skirt bottom, add a belt if desired, and wear to the game!

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  1. Bethany Lee says

    I could never do this because I always mess up when sewing something more complicated than a straight line, but I LOVE it!

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