This is a project that I've been working on for months now. I had a thought of how nice it would be to have a library of pattern pieces that are completely interchangeable with each other. This would allow you to mix and match tops with different bottoms for any style of dress. Add sleeves or cut outs, whatever you wish. This knit bodice pattern is the first of the collection. I will be added more when I can and also included many tutorials on different variations that you can do with this first piece. This pattern comes in 9 sizes, but because it's drafted for stretch fabrics it creates a really comfortable garment that accommodates all shapes! Make sure when printing this pattern to turn off your printers scale to fit as this will distort the sizing.
This pattern is used for knits only and works best with medium to heavy weight fabrics like Ponte or Double knit. Its super easy to sew and is perfect for beginners. I mostly used my serger when sewing this dress but you can also use a stretch stitch on your regular machine, more info on that here. This is the first of what I hope to be many pattern pieces and tutorials. I hope you get tons of use out of it. Lots of Love! Melanie oxoxox
* If you would like a sleeve option for this dress it is available here
- 2 Meters of Medium Weight Knit Fabric, Double knit or Ponte works best (60" Width)
- Circle Skirt Template
- 1.5 Meters of 1/4" Elastic
- Printer Paper
- Scotch Tape
I always start off my trimming off the bottom and right side of the pattern page. I find this makes it way easier when assembly PDF Patterns. To fully assemble the pages together, match up the quarter skirts with the same numbers (pictured above).
First assemble your pattern pages in rows and then piece those rows to each other, completing the number circles. Tape all your pages securely.
For your skirt waist template, trim off the top and left border of your page and cut along the curved line that matches your waist measurement.
If you are between sizes, go for the smaller one.
For the bodice of this dress you will need the following pieces cut
1 Front Piece cut on Fold
2 Back Pieces
1 Circle Skirt (See Below)
With your back pieces placed right sides together, sew down the center back seam. Press seam to one side.
Placing right sides together, sew your front piece to your back piece at side and shoulder seams.
Cut out four pieces of 1/4" elastic. Two the length of your shoulder seams and two the length of your side seams. Place each piece of elastic on its corresponding seam and sew in place. Do not stretch the elastic as you sew, you want it to lie flat against the seam.
While your circle skirt is still folded up make a snips at the front/back of your skirt (it will be the side that was parallel with your selvage) and another snip at the side.
While making this this tutorial I accidentally cut my waist too big on my skirt. If you do this just trim away the excess on the sides of your circle skirt and sew up again to make it the correct measurement.
Match up the notches on your skirt with the center front, center back and side seams of the bodice piece. Pin and sew around the waist attaching the bodice to your skirt.
Cut a piece of 1/4" elastic the same measurement as your waist + 1". Pin the elastic around your waist seam overlapping the edges. You don't want to stretch the elastic, you just want it to lie nice and flat. Stitch is place. This will help hold up the heaviness of the skirt.
Overlock around the armholes and neckline. Press to shrink back anything that might have stretched out.
Turn under all raw edges ( Neckline, armholes and hem) a 1/4" and stitch using a narrow zig zag stitch.
This is my absolute favourite style of dress to sew and wear! It can be dressed up or down. This photo has it without the crinoline for a more casual style!
Pictured with Crinoline!
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