** I was provided with fabric from Modern Yardage to make this dress.
Spring is just around the corner, which for many of us, means it’s time to start thinking about spring sewing. I generally like to make each of my girls a dress or two for church. When I was contacted by Modern Yardage about creating something using some of their fabrics, I immediately said yes!
Something about using the same color but in different patterns was speaking to me, so the Bold Basics collection was perfect for this Stripes & Dots Dress!
Here’s what you need:
- sewing machine/accessories
- thin elastic
- elastic thread (optional)
Use the bodice pattern of your choosing to cut out two from your main fabric, as well as two from a lining fabric. I just used a plain white. Cut two skirt panels to the width and length of your choosing. My width was probably about 1.5 times the width of the bodice. And last, cut a sash – again width and length is up to you! I left the length the width of the fabric, and then cut the width to double what I wanted it to end up (you’ll see why soon!)
Since I decided to use only one color, I wanted to make it more interesting with the use of the patterns. I chose to make the stripes go horizontal on the bodice, but vertical on the skirt. Have fun playing with things like this!
Take the sash, and fold it in half – length wise – with right sides facing in.
Sew along the raw edge, leaving a two inch opening somewhere in there.
Clip the corners if you have cut any points into your sash like I have, and then pull the sash through to the right side through the opening you left. Iron the sash, folding in the open edges, and top stitch all the way around.
Set the sash aside, and grab the skirt pieces. Hem up the bottom of both skirt pieces. If you’re using a directional print, be careful to hem up the correct edges!
Set these aside, and grab the bodice pieces and bodice linings. Take each bodice and line it up with a lining – right sides facing in. On the back pieces only, cut a slit down the back.
Sew from the arm hole, around the shoulders and neckline, back to the other arm hole. Be sure to go around the slit on the back piece! Do the same for the front piece, minus the slit.
Clip the corners, turn right side out and press. Top stitch if you like. (I didn’t!)
Take the skirt pieces and run a gathering stitch along the raw edges. Gather to fit the width of the bodice pieces. Pin in place.
Sew each bodice piece to a skirt piece.
Put the front and back pieces together, with right sides facing in. Sew along the side seam – finish the edges.
Sew the shoulder seams together. Don’t sew up the neckline or the arm holes!
Turn the dress over to the back side. Take your seam ripper and make a small opening on one side of the slit.
Stick in a small loop of thin elastic and sew it in place.
Hand stitch a button in place on the other side of the slit.
Depending on the width of your bodice, you may decide whether or not you want to shir in the dress around the waist. I opted to since mine is a wider fit. Hand wind elastic thread around the bobbin, and then sew rows with your stitch length set to the longest length. If it doesn’t automatically shir in as you sew, hold a steaming iron over it and watch it magically shrink!
Tie the sash around the waist and you’ve got yourself one stylish dress!
Put it on a cute girl and be even more amazed at what you created!
I decided to go with some bright accessories so that we didn’t get too lost in the monochromaticness (totally a word) of the dress. I think it adds the perfect pop of color that compliments the dress perfectly!
I don’t know about you, but I kind of sort of love it.