Hi all! It was quite a week! After a nail-biting day of voting, I finished the third round of sew-vivor in second place. And then the host announced that the guest judge would be assigning additional points to her three favorites as well as granting one person immunity. It was very
frustrating surprising, but despite not receiving additional points or immunity, my public votes were sufficient to move me into the final round!! So, thank you thank you, because this one won with the support of friends and family (and their friends and family who they bothered to bother for votes:) It was a great rally effort, and I appreciate it. Let’s do it all again next week, okay?
Now, I’m finally here with the full tutorial for my round one project, the Summer Chevron Dress. This one was really popular, and I’m excited to help you make one of your own! I didn’t photograph the making of the original dress, because I made it in the middle of the night (typical) and the lighting is horrible. I made another one, just for you:) This one is made from woven cotton instead of stretchy knit. Now I know you can make it from either with great results (though the knit is definitely more comfy.) You’ll need about 2 yards of your choice of striped fabric. My favorites are the little wider stripes, around 1-2″. Okay, let’s get started:
We’ll make the pattern using a roll of paper, and a favorite, easy fitting tee shirt. Lay the shirt with the center on the straight end of the paper and trace the pattern, around the sleeve, with a marker.
Cut along your line, and you should have 1/2 of a shirt pattern. Cut the v-neck by drawing a straight line from the shoulder to where the front of the tee collar ended. Alternatively, measure the depth you’d like your v-neck (from collar bone to point) and use that length of a line to cut the v.
Now, to make the shirt pattern into a dress pattern, you’ll need to know what length you want your finished dress. Add 1″ for seam allowance, and add paper to the bottom of your pattern, continuing the gentle a-line of the tee shirt pattern to the bottom of the dress.
To ensure a great fit, double check your pattern. Measure the length from your shoulder seam to your chest, and hips and mark them with lines on your pattern. Then measure your chest circumference and hip circumference.
Then check your pattern against your measurements. For example, at 12″ from the shoulder seam, my pattern measured 9.5″ across. Multiply by 4 because this pattern is only 1/4 of the dress. I ended up with 38″. Subtract 1″ for seam allowance, and I still end up at 37″ for my pattern. My bust measurement is 36″ (for a couple more months, thanks to Eliot and so I will have 1″ of ease for a great fit.
At 23.5″ from the shoulder seam, my pattern measures 10.5″. Doing the same step as above, I have a 41″ circumference on my pattern at the hips. My hip measurement is 37.5″ so I will have plenty of room in the bum on this dress. Perfect. If your pattern is too small, add paper to the outer edge, on the same gentle a-line as the original.
Now you’re ready to cut. Lay your pattern onto your fabric, as close to the top and edge as possible, to preserve material. I wanted my chevron stripes to point DOWN, so that is how I oriented the pattern.
*because of the length of this tutorial, I’ve broken it up into two pages. To read on, click on the 2 below.