Summer dress pattern
- Fabric for dress 2 yards (I used a soft cotton) – similar here
- fabric for lining 2 yards (I used white chiffon)
- 1/8″ elastic
- fabric pen
- matching thread
- sewing machine
- pattern (optional)
- Start by washing and ironing your fabric and lining.
- Make your pattern using an A line dress or download mine from here. This is how your pieces should look like once assembled.
- Cut the fabric and lining pieces, on the fold, making sure to add 1/4″ allowance and about 2″ for the hem.
- Match the back pieces for dress and lining.
- Fold in half
- And cut a slit of about 6″ just down the middle
- Match the dress pieces, right side together, pin at the shoulders and sew. Do the same for the lining pieces.
- Make a tiny button loop. Take a small piece of fabric of 3″ by 1/2″, fold in half and iron, then fold each side in half and iron, then fold one more time using the initial fold and iron. You will probably find this loop to long and will need to trim once you attach it to the dress.
- Match dress pieces and lining pieces, wrong sides together and pin all around the neckline.
- Insert the little strip of fabric you just made as in the photo below.
- Turn the dress right side out by dropping the lining through the neckline.
- Trim the corners then gently push the out .
- Sew around the slit as close to the edge as possible.
- Sew around the neckline a 1/4″ seam then again as close to the edge as possible.
- Sew the sides together on both the dress and the lining, making sure they’re facing inwards so they’re enclosed when the dress is done. Serge or zig zag to finish the seam.
- With the dress right side out, work on the armholes. Turn the seam inside, all around the armhole, on both the dress and the lining so that the raw edges are facing together. Pin and sew, first the dress then the lining.
- Match the dress and the lining at armhole, pin together and sew on the seam you just made before, when sewing the armhole towards the inside. Then do another stitch as close to the edge as possible.
- Measure 7: down the armhole and make horizontal marks on the dress. This will be the waist. Then pin all the way around the waist making sure to catch both the dress and the lining.
- Fold the dress inside, following the pins mark, then remove the pins and pin a shown below
- Make sure the dress and the lining are aligned at the hem before proceeding to the next step.
- Sew a 1/4″ seam all around the waist following the pins mark, leaving a 2″ opening.
- Thread the elastic through the waist, using a safety pin, then sew the opening closed.
- Your waist should look like this now. Spread the gathers nicely so they’re even all around the waist line
- Now all you have to do is make the hem on both the dress and the lining. Because the fabric was so thin, I wanted to make a narrow hem and I used this method here.
- Add the button and you’re done! Enjoy your beautiful summer dress!
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