Every year for my birthday I like to make myself a new dress. Last year around my birthday I took a trip to the LA fabric district and found this gorgeous dalmatian print polyester, and then it sat in my stash for a year.
I pulled it out the other day and knew it would be perfect for a simple little shift dress. I paired with these pretty little mary jane pumps that are on sale right now during the Nordstrom Sale, and I love how it all came together.
(also don’t forget the Nordstrom Sale opens to the public tomorrow — you can see my picks here!)
Anyway, since today’s my birthday, we’re doing DIY Wednesday instead of DIY Friday 🙂
Click through to find the tutorial!
– 1 or 1 1/4 yard 60″ wide fabric (if your fabric is 45″ wide, you’ll need probably 2 yards)
– matching thread
1. Take your fabric and fold both sides in toward the middle so they (almost) touch, as shown. Now both outside edges should be folded edges. First, cut the FRONT of the dress. Use an existing shift dress or a tank top and a pencil skirt as a pattern, folding them in half and laying them on the folded edge. Cut around them, adding a 1/2″ seam allowance. Repeat for the BACK of the dress, making the neckline a few inches higher. Next, cut out 2 SLEEVES, and a NECKLINE LINING front and back (cut the scoop of the lining exactly as you did the necklines on the FRONT and BACK, but making them 2″ shorter in width so they have to be stretched when attached to the dress).
2. Next, take the FRONT and BACK pieces and, with right sides together, sew them together at the shoulders.
3. Now attach the sleeves. Line up the top of the SLEEVE with the shoulder seam of the dress (right sides together), and then pin them together, Then sew a straight stitch along the sleeve, attaching it to the dress. Repeat for the second sleeve.
4. Once both sleeves are attached, sew the FRONT and BACK (right sides together) together from the end of the sleeve to the bottom of the dress.
5. Take your two NECKLINE LINING pieces and, with right sides together, sew them together at the ends. They should now form a circle.
6. Place the NECKLINE LINING on the dress with right sides together, matching up the side seams of the LINING with the shoulder seams of the dress. Then streeeetch the LINING and pin it in place evenly along the dress neckline. Sew around the entire neckline with a straight stitch. Then trim the seam allowance and tuck the LINING inside the dress and iron in place.
7. Sew with a straight wide stitch around the entire neckline, securing the lining in place. Then try on the dress and determine your desired sleeve and dress length, then hem. And you’re done!