Hello lovely readers - today I'm sharing a sundress tutorial - the first of 4 I wrote for you this month.
I made this dress from jersey bedsheets from Target. That was also my fabric source for this dress, but I wasn't thrilled with that jersey. It's just not that soft (not like the fab stuff I get from sponsor Near Sea Naturals, which you'll get to see more of next week). But the striped jersey sheets are very soft, and so far this dress is wearing very well - it's now been to Salt Lake City for SNAP and Los Angeles for Fabric Weekend 2013. Bonus: I only used the fitted sheet, with the elastic cut out, of my full-size sheet set to make this dress, which means I have a whole flat sheet and pillowcase left to use!
So, want to make your own? You'll need
- 3 yards of knit fabric, or a full size jersey bedsheet
- 1/2" elastic - 6 inches less than your under bust measurement
- 1/2" ribbon - 1 yard
- To download the pattern, subscribe to the Melly Sews Weekly Newsletter. AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot! If you need to make the pattern bigger or smaller, check out this post.
(PS – if you have trouble finding either your confirmation email or the email with the pattern link, try checking your spam, trash, junk, bulk, social and/or promotional email tabs or folders. Free pattern links are also included in every weekly newsletter; these go out on Friday afternoons. Due to the number of subscribers I can’t email pattern links to individuals.)
If you need some tips and guidance about sewing with knits, read this post.
To start, you need to cut out the bodice pieces as instructed by the pattern. For the skirt, you need to cut out two pieces on the fold with these measurements (keep in mind, I'm only 5'3", so you may want to add length to this skirt).
1/2" (12mm) seams are allowed on this dress.
Place your bodice fronts on your bodice back, right sides together. Sew across shoulders. Repeat with other bodice pieces.
Lay your two bodices right sides together and pin along arm holes and neckline. Stitch. Turn this right side out.
Match the front side seams to the back side seams on each piece. On top in the picture is the outside of the dress, below is the lining. Stitch on both sides (red line) and turn right side out again. Side seams should be enclosed and center front still open.
Now match the fronts to each other along the center front seam, matching at the neckline, in the same way you did the side seams. Stitch.
Now the bodice is fully lined with all raw edges inside.
Stitch the skirt side seams.
Place the bodice right sides together over the skirt, matching the side seams. Stitch around the waistline USING A 3/4" SEAM.
Press the waist seam open. Trim the seam allowance from the bodice down to 1/4".
With the seam still pressed open, make 2 1/2" buttonholes on the right side of the dress, on each side of the center front seam and above the waist seam.
Flip the seam allowance for the skirt up, and stitch along the raw edge to form the casing for the elastic.
Cut your ribbon in half. Sew one piece to each end of your elastic to make a drawstring.
Using a safety pin, thread your elastic through the casing. Burn, tie, or use fray check on your ribbon ends to seal them.
If desired, sew buttons along center front seam for decoration. Hem dress. You're done!
In case you missed any of the other tutorials so far this month, here they are. Click on any picture to go to the post.
And don't forget - there's a giveaway going on through Friday - enter and get some fabric to make your own sundress!