|sunglasses & sandals: target // swimsuit: gap|
- 1 1/2 yards of stretchy knit fabric (more or less depending on your size and desired dress length
- matching thread
- 1/4″ wide elastic
Now turn the top of the dress down to your pin mark (so right sides are together) and pin all the way around the mid-section. Then sew all the way around, about one inch down from the folded edge (as shown below with the dotted line).
Step 3. Now turn your dress completely inside out and lay it flat. You should now have a 1″ wide flap around the waistband. Lay the flap flat and sew a second seam about 3/8″ away from your previous seam (make sure you’re sewing ON the flap) to create a casing for the elastic, as seen below.
In this second seam, make sure you leave a two inch space at the end so you can insert your elastic.
Step 4. Measure your natural waist and then cut a piece of 1/4″ wide elastic to that length. Feed your elastic through the casing and then sew the two elastic ends together. Now sew the 2″ opening closed. Your dress should now look like this:
And the waistband should look like this:
Step 5. Lay your dress flat on the ground and cut your scooped hem at your desired length (sorry, I didn’t take a picture of it laying flat, but you get the idea). Hem if desired — I didn’t, because knits won’t fray and my cutting job was actually nice and straight.
And that’s it! A perfect lightweight dress for summer days at the beach!
Oh, and the winner of last week’s Little Mr. Giveaway is….Laura Lees! Congratulations!!