A few weeks ago I traveled to Dallas for the rewardStyle conference. RewardStyle is an affiliate network that I work with for my blog, and every year they invite some of their publishers to a conference, and each night of the conference they threw a big party. Of course I wanted to sew a few new things to take with me, and about a week before I left, I ran across this scalloped hem dress from Urban Outfitters. I loved it, but the hemline was too short for me. I made a quick trip to Jo-Ann’s, and dug up the perfect cotton-poly blend in a pale pink. There was only a yard and a half left on the bolt, so I snagged it all and ran! The fabric is lightweight, but not see-through, and is incredibly soft, although not stretchy. Pretty much the perfect find.
The dress is super simple, and since I made the neckline big enough to fit over my head, I didn’t even have to add a zipper, and since it’s boxy I didn’t add darts (but if you’re more busty, I’d recommend adding darts!) The scallops were definitely the most time consuming part, but since the sleeves are small and the dress isn’t full at all, it didn’t take too long and it was really pretty easy!
This is such a perfect summer dress for church, weddings, or could even be dressed down with a ponytail, a chambray tied around your waist, and some sandals for summer BBQ’s.
Step 1. Using a shift dress or boxy top you already own as a pattern, cut two DRESS pieces, two SLEEVE pieces, two NECKLINE pieces, and two other strips of fabric you’ll use for the SCALLOP LINING (these need to be 3-4 inches wide).
Step 2. With right sides together, sew the DRESS pieces together at the shoulder seams. Zigzag or serge your seam allowances.
Step 3. Take your dress pieces and cut scallops along the hemline. I used a cup as a guide, and used tailors chalk to mark along the curve of the cup.
Do the same along the hem of each sleeve piece (not pictured in the tutorial).
Step 4. Take your SCALLOP LINING pieces and pin them along the hem of your dress and sleeves with right sides together. Sew the lining to the dress, following the curve of each scallop.
Step 5. Once all your lining pieces have been sewn to the SLEEVES and two DRESS pieces, use scissors to trim along the curves of the scallops. Clip all the way up to the seam at the point in between each scallop to avoid puckering.
Step 6. Now it’s time to attach the sleeves. Line up the top of the sleeve with the bodice shoulder seam (as shown) with right sides together. Pin in place.
Step 7. Continue pinning the sleeve to the bodice, and then sew along the arm hole with a straight stitch. Repeat for the second sleeve.
Step 8. With right sides together, sew the sides of the bodice up with a straight stitch.