Today I am so excited to show you the second sundress tutorial and pattern I did this month, using some more gorgeous NearSea Naturals medium jersey – this time in Wild Berry.
I think I'm in love - this is already one of my favorite dresses ever - the perfect combination of stylish and comfortable.
And it has pockets!
Want to make your own? You'll need:
- 2 yards of knit fabric
- 3/8" elastic that is 2 inches less than your underbust measurement.
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On the pattern you'll find a diagram for the skirt pieces that looks like this, use it to cut your two skirt pieces. Remember - I'm only 5'3" - my skirt actually only measured 22" before hemming, but if you want yours a little longer you might want to add a couple inches to the 23" I've suggested.
Use the pattern to cut your bodice pieces. I used a scrap from an old t-shirt for the contrast piece, and the NearSea Naturals jersey for the rest of the dress.
Sew your side front pieces to the front, matching the notches and using 1/4" (6mm) seams. New to sewing knits? Read this post.
Your bodice front should look like this.
Sew the bodice front to back at the shoulders, right sides together. Do the same for the front lining and the other bodice back piece.
Lay your bodice and bodice lining out flat, right sides together. Pin around the neckline edge, matching shoulder seams. Stitch around neckline. Turn right side out.
The next step is hard to show in pictures. What you'll do is, with right side out, fold the front bodice and lining armhole edges in toward each other and hold with your hand. Turn the rest of the bodice so that you can pin the armhole edge, right sides together, just to the shoulder seam. Sew.
Repeat for the other front side, then for the two back sides, so you have finished armhole edges.
Now pin the bodice front to bodice back at the side seams, and the bodice front lining to bodice back lining at the side seams. Match the underarm seams, and sew each side seam in one line.
When you turn right side out, your bodice should have all edges finished now except the bottom edge.
Pin the pockets to the skirt as shown below, right sides together. Stitch the pockets to the skirt at side seams only. Repeat with other two pocket pieces and skirt back.
Pull the pockets out to the sides, and lay the two skirt/pocket combos right sides together. Stitch around the curved edge of the pocket, stop with needle down, pivot fabric, and sew down skirt side seam. Repeat on other side.
With skirt right side out, fold the pockets in and baste to the skirt front at the upper edge.
Pin the bodice to the skirt as shown below, right sides together, matching side seams. If you have to slightly stretch the top or skirt in order to sew without puckering, that's OK. Sew the waistline with a 3/4" (18mm) seam.
Trim the seam allowance from the bodice piece down to 1/4" (6mm). Fold the skirt piece up and stitch in place to form a casing for the waistband. Insert elastic through the casing with a safety pine, then
Fold the skirt piece up and stitch in place to form a casing for the waistband. Leave an opening to insert elastic. Insert elastic through the casing with a safety pin, then sew elastic in a loop (being careful not to twist) and sew casing closed.
And rock that new dress!
Don't forget to enter the NearSea Naturals giveaway going on this week - maybe you'll win and can get your own jersey to make one of these dresses. And in case you missed any of the sundresses so far this month, click on any picture to go to the post.