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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

.:Tutorial–Stripes & Dots Dress:.

** 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!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Here’s what you need:
- fabric
- sewing machine/accessories
- bodice pattern (I used this one, but a free option is this one)
- thin elastic
- button
- elastic thread (optional)

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

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!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Take the sash, and fold it in half – length wise – with right sides facing in.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Sew along the raw edge, leaving a two inch opening somewhere in there.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

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.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

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!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

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.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

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.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Clip the corners, turn right side out and press. Top stitch if you like. (I didn’t!)

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

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.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Sew each bodice piece to a skirt piece.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Put the front and back pieces together, with right sides facing in. Sew along the side seam – finish the edges.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Sew the shoulder seams together. Don’t sew up the neckline or the arm holes!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Almost done!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Turn the dress over to the back side. Take your seam ripper and make a small opening on one side of the slit.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Stick in a small loop of thin elastic and sew it in place.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Hand stitch a button in place on the other side of the slit.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

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!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Tie the sash around the waist and you’ve got yourself one stylish dress!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Put it on a cute girl and be even more amazed at what you created!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

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!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

I don’t know about you, but I kind of sort of love it.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

A lot.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

7 comments:

  1. That ms. Rem-a-lem...........adorbs girl. Great dress!

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  3. Oh I Love this one. Great job beautiful. Thanks for sharing !!!!

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  4. Hi Sumo!
    I heard about ur site from ur mom and thought I would check it out. I have a baby girl and I can totally see myself making cute dresses like this for her! By the way, give my compliments to it models, will ya? They are adorable!

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  5. I love this bodice block, because of the "fake" sleeves. Where did you find it? I would love to get my hands on it! Thanks!

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    1. This is one of my favorite bodice blocks, too! It looks like the etsy shop the pattern is from is on vacation, but she did leave an email to contact her; maybe she would still sell you the pattern even though her shop is closed? Check it out, hope you can get it!

      https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheMeanPrincess?ref=l2-shopheader-name

      Happy sewing!
      Sumo:)

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  6. Such a fun dress - it's perfect for Spring! Makes me want an adult version of this :P

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Sumo:)