Ever since I made my contrast back sequin dress, I’ve been itching to make one from scratch. The initial idea came from this Stella McCartney dress that Rachel wore, so when I found this gorgeous floral fabric with metallic gold detailing at a local fabric shop, I knew I had to make it. I finished it just in time for Easter, and it was so much fun that I’ve vowed to make myself an Easter dress every year from now on. Maybe I’ll even have a baby girl someday I can make us matching dresses. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here…
1 yard floral fabric (can be any material, stretchy or not — mine is a medium weight quilting-type cotton with a slight stretch)
1 yard knit (I used a nice thick ponte knit)
20-22 in. zipper
1 // Cut all your pieces (BODICE TOP, SLEEVE (2), SKIRT FRONT, NECKLINE) out of your floral fabric, using a pencil skirt and tank you own as a pattern (tip: when using your clothing as a pattern, lay it out on a piece of parchment paper and cut that first, the use the parchment paper on your fabric as the actual pattern)
2 // sew darts in the BODICE TOP and in the SKIRT FRONT, as shown, so it fits nicely around your bust and hips.
3 // Once your darts are sewn, attach the BODICE TOP and SKIRT FRONT, sewing with right sides together.
4 // This is how it should look now.
5 // From your ponte knit, cut the DRESS BACK and a second NECKLINE piece.
6 // Add long darts down the back of your DRESS BACK so it fits nicely around your back.
7 // Cut down the middle of the dress (I cut it all the way in half and then sewed the bottom back together after inserting the zipper) and insert the zipper.
8 // Pin the FRONT (bodice top/skirt front) and DRESS BACK pieces together, then sew together at the sides and the shoulders.
9 // Take your two SLEEVE pieces and, with right sides together, sew them together as shown.
10 // Then insert the sleeve into the bodice with right sides together, matching up the seams, and sew them together. Repeat for second sleeve.
11 // Sew the two NECKLINE pieces together to form a loop, then with right sides together, pin to the dress neckline and sew together. Then flip it inside and press into place.
12 // Sew around the neckline, tacking the lining into place, then hem the bottom to your desired length and the sleeves to your desired length. And you’re done!