Magenta at its best. This time I am going to show you how to make another summer dress. This one is particularly easy to make, moreover, it can be worn in three different ways. Due to its versatile character I dubbed it „a frock for going out”.
Prepare the following: (you see this picture for the last time – i promise ;) ) :
Taking the measurement:
Pattern making and fabric cutting:
Prepare 1/2 t-shirt front pattern (for more information on how to make it look HERE), or use your own, favourite t-shirt to copy the shape; go for the fitted, yet not too tight one (its size should be close to your body dimensions), use it as a base for the pattern.
Fold the knitted fabric in half, and then another time in half (the result being narrow rectangle made of four layers). The fabric should be working across the dress, so in the picture the fabric is more stretchy widthwise. Place the cutting pattern (two-fold) on the fabric so that the middle line of the pattern runs along the folded edge of the knitted fabric.
Draw the neckline starting at the middle of the shoulder-line (you have already marked that point with an arrow) and continue the curved line to the folded edge of the fabric. The curved neckline should meet the folded edge at the point that is higher than a t-shirts front neckline and lower than the t-shirts back neckline. It should be at the right angle to the folding line.
Cut out the pattern adding 1cm seam allowance (at the sides and at the shoulder-line). Don’t add the seam allowance at the bottom-line, neckline and sleeve bottom-line since we are going to leave these hemlines unfinished.
When you unfold the fabric you should get something which looks similar to the shape in the photo below. I corrected slightly my pattern by smoothing the side-line below the armpit – the dress will look better when the sideline is as close to the straight line as it is possible.
Trust me – you just need a minute and your frock will be ready! Sew up the sides and shoulder-lines and … TA-DA!
Using the overlock sewing machine is the best solution: it will cut off the excess fabric, which is crucial especially at the armpit-line where we want to avoid too much fabric which might result in dress creasing at this seam. If you use the regular sewing machine use a zigzag seam as it gives an elastic seam. Once the sides are sewn, cut off the excess fabric so it is only 0,5 cm left or at the armpit-line make small incisions across the seam allowances so as to make it more flexible and without creasing.
Turn the dress to the right side. All that’s left now is to roll or two-fold the sleeves and fix them in three or four places with hand stitches. I suggest making the stitches at the top of the folding, at the side seams. If the folding still needs more firm fixing add some extra hand stitches from the inside of the folding so that the hand stitch remains invisible.
Try the dress on; the final adjustment you may want to make is to deepen the neckline. To do it: fold the dress’ front in two lengthwise, fix it with pins, draw the new neck-line (NB: it should start at the right angle at the bottom of the neckline otherwise we’ll get a sharp-pointed neck-line) Cut out the new neckline cutting both folded layers simultaneously – this will guarantee the symmetrical neck-line.
The end! Now all you have to do is to choose your favourite way of wearing it. Get dressed and hit the town!
This tutorial has been prepared for you by Janek: