This dress is just another way that you can utilized the Bodice Pattern and another fun and stylish way! I really do feel that this pattern has endless possibilities. I found this knit fabric that Fabricland and knew instantly what I wanted to create with it! The stripe used in this tutorial is about 3/8" wide, you can have fun with different widths. I think this tutorial would look stunning in a wide striped fabric! When sewing this dress I used a serger but you can make this with a regular sewing machine using a stretch stitch (more info here). Melanie
- 2 Meters of Striped Stretch Fabric Medium Weight (Double Faced Knit or Ponte Works Best)
- Coordinating Thread
- Circle Skirt Template
- Bodice Pattern (You will only need the Back Piece)
- 1.5 Meters of 1/4" Elastic
Start off by matching stripes and pinning so that they won't shift apart.
You will be using the back bodice pattern piece for both the front and back of this dress.
Place the back bodice piece on a angle on your fabric. You can make the front and back the same angle or flip them like I did.
Pin in place and cut out.
Placing right sides together, match up the stripes as best you can on both your front and back bodice pieces. Pin and machine baste to secure.
Since we only used the back pattern piece we will have to modify the front neckline to fit comfortably. You can cut out really any shape you want, I chose a small curve to keep it a higher neckline.
Right sides together sew your bodice at the side seams and shoulder seams. Remember to use a stretch stitch.
Cut out four pieces of your 1/4" elastic to match your sides and shoulders as shown.
Sew these pieces of elastic to your side and shoulder seams. Try not to stretch the elastic as you sew. This helps to stabilize your bodice and keep its shape better especially with the weight of the skirt.
Matching the notches on your circle skirt to the center front, center back and side seams of your bodice piece, attach your skirt piece to your bodice piece.
Cut another piece of elastic the same measurement as your waist + 1". Pin this to your dresses waist line and pin in place overlapping the ends. Sew in place.
Overlock all raw edges: Neckline, armholes and hem.
Turn under all raw edges 1/4" and sew in place with a straight stitch. You can also zig-zag this if you wish.
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