|dress: made by me // belt: thrifted (similar) // shoes: kohls (similar) // clutch: thrifted (similar) // necklace: forever 21 (similar) // watch: michael kors // bracelets: target & c/o poshlocket (here & here)|
- 2 yards of fabric (mine is silk, but a polyester or lightweight cotton with a nice drape should also work well)
- matching thread
- 1/8″ wide elastic
Step 1. Using a loose blouse as a pattern, cut out the top part of your dress. Add a 1/2″ seam allowance around the entire shirt. Also, note that the top part of your dress will only go down to your natural waist, so measure and cut the top length accordingly.
Now cut a large, slightly tapered toward the waist, rectangle for the bottom half of your dress. Make sure the shirt and skirt are the same width where they will connect at the waist. Mine was 19 inches, as seen below.
Step 4. Cut the front neckline to your desired depth.
Next, cut the neckline “ribbing.” Measure your neckline front from shoulder to shoulder, but measuring around the scoop of the neckline, and then subtract an inch from that measurement. Now cut a 1″ thick strip of fabric on the bias (so it should be as stretchy as possible) in that measurement length.
Repeat for the neckline back.
Fold your two strips of fabric in half (wrong sides together) and press. They should now be two long strips, 1/2″ wide each.
Pin the “ribbing” strips to the front and backs of your necklines (as seen below), making sure that the ends of your “ribbing” match up with the shoulders. The neckline will be bunched to accomodate the “ribbing’s” shorter length. Sew around the neckline, as close to the raw edge as you can, stretching the “ribbing” in between pins as you sew.
Press the ribbing flat and repeat for the neckline back.
serge or zigzag the raw edge, but do not trim the large seam allowance since this will become the casing for your elastic.
Next, pin the large seam allowance up toward the top of the shirt and sew around the waistband again, 1/4″ above the previous seam. Leave two inches open at the end of this seam so you can insert the elastic.
Measure your natural waist and cut a piece of elastic in that length. Thread the elastic through your casing, then sew the two ends together to make a circle. Sew up the two inch opening in the casing.
Step 7. Hem the dress to your desired length and you’re done!