When I attended Fabric Weekend 2013 a few weeks ago, I came home with a big stack of amazing fabrics. Between stops at Mood, Angel Textiles, and Michael Levine (the store and the loft), I got a ton of great stuff. But, of course, I was back at Jo-Ann's a few days later to pick up a few things...I can always count on them for my notions and other essentials (find your local Jo-Ann's here!)
Within a day I had started working on my first project with this amazing large modern print fabric from Mood. Since the pattern is so bold, I went with a simple mod shift dress pattern and I love how it turned out. It's unique and fun, while also being incredibly comfortable, and is easily dressed up or down.
|dress: made by me // clutch: c/o windsor // shoes: c/o lulu's // watch: michael kors // bracelet: c/o hellofab|
- 1 yard (60" wide) stretchy knit fabric (more or less depending on your desired length)
- matching thread
Step 1. Fold your fabric in half, and then using a loose fitting top as a pattern, cut your dress. Make sure to add length til it's your desired length. and add 1/2" sam allowance. Because the fabric is folded, you should have two identical dress pieces, FRONT and BACK.
Cut the neckline of the FRONT piece to your desired depth and shape.
Step 2 (not pictured): Cut your sleeves, using the same method in this tutorial.
Step 3. Using the newly lowered neckline of your FRONT piece, cut a 1" wide strip that is an identical scoop to your neckline, as seen below. Cut a second piece that matches the BACK neckline.
With right sides together, pin the strip to the neckline. To avoid a loose and floppy neckline, pull the strip slightly in between pins, then sew around the neckline with a straight stitch at a 3/8" seam allowance.
Repeat on the BACK neckline with the matching strip.
Step 4. Now fold the strips over, wrong sides together, and press into place, as seen below. Pin and sew around the neckline with a straight wide stitch, as seen two photos down.
Step 5. Pin shoulders together and sew with a straight stitch. Trim the seam allowance and serge if desired.
Step 6. With right sides together, pin the sleeve to the dress, starting at the shoulder and moving out toward the armpit (as seen below).
Sew with a straight stitch and 1/2" seam allowance. Repeat on second sleeve.
Step 7. With right sides together, sew up the sides. starting at the end of the sleeve and sewing all the way to the hem. Make sure your armpit seams are matched up first before you start pinning.
Step 8 (not pictured). Hem your sleeves and dress to your desired length, press all your seams, and you're done!
Email or comment with questions!
Happy Sewing, and of course a huge thanks to Jo-Ann's and Michael Levine for sponsoring an amazing weekend!