10 Minute Tube Dress





Introduction: 10 Minute Tube Dress

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Learn how to make a fun Tube Dress in 10 minutes!  Its a great dress for going out and it also works as a simply base for a halloween costume.  And the best part is the materials cost less than $10!

Step 1: Materials

  • Lycra Fabric (or any stretch spandex fabric) - 29" length x 25" width for a size small, increase the width size to adjust for size.
  • Steam-A-Seam - this stuff is so easy to use and will finish your hems quickly
  • Sewing Machine or Serger - i sewed the main seam together instead of using the steam-a-seam because there will be a lot of stress on this seam unlike the hem
  • Iron
  • Mark-B-Gone Pen
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins

Step 2: Cut Pattern

First figure out which direction the fabric stretches.  You want the width of the fabric to stretch in this direction because it will stretch across your body (horizontally).  See image notes for clarification

Width = 25", this will change depending on your size, this works for a size extra small and small, increase to adjust for size.
Height = 29", this will change depending on your height.  This would work for someone in the 5' 2" to 5' 7" range.

Step 3: Sew Seam

Since the fabric is stretchy you don't need to adjust for curves in your body.  I specifically measured the width of the fabric to be small so it would stretch around all my body. 

THUS, just fold the fabric in half along the width (so it is 12.5" x 29" OR 1/2w x h) and pin the edges together in a straight line.

I used a serger to sew the edge together.  You can also use a sewing machine - make sure you use a stitch that works for stretchy fabrics.

Step 4: Fuse Hem

Steam-A-Seam is a really quick way to finish your hem w/o sewing.  I didn't use this for the side seam because there will be a lot of force stretching the seam apart and this is not strong enough to deal with that.

STEPS (for top and bottom edge):
  • Turn fabric inside out
  • Fold edge over 1/2"
  • Iron edge down so you have a crease in the fabric.  This marks where the steam-a-seam will be laid down.
  • Place the steam-a-seam right up along the crease you created with the iron.  Follow the directions on the steam-a-seam box.
Once you have done both edges the dress should be good to go!



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    the fabric is a bit sheer i would add a second layer around the breast area if chosen to wear in public.

    I don't have the rockin' bod to go with this dress but I love the idea so I am wondering what alternative fabric to go with. Hmmm

    Do you have an ratio for increasing the width? So that way we can guess how much to do?

    From th context, I assume that Steam-a-Seam is used to iron material into hems etc rather then sewing them? UK version (or one of them) is Wonder-Web. If I'm wrong, please correct! *s*

    Don't know if you still get 'Mutton Cloth' in your countries?! We still get it here and it's plain uncoloured cotton made in a 'knit' tube and is sold in rolls for various purposes. We used to use a meter length (and it'd look just like a knit mini dress - if the girls had gotten their clothes wet or whatever!) but without any sewing needed! We always keep a small roll of it in the car to wipe hands on etc!

    If the dress was made form fitting on top and flared at the bottom would this material make for a wavey hem line? Or would you have to stretch and sew the fabric in sections along the hem?

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    Yes the more fabric you leave at the bottom, the more of a wave you will get.

    I might also add, if you have/use a sewing machine you should also invest in some ballpoint sewing machine needles. They are specifically made to sew knits and other stretchy fabric. Regular needles 'cut' through the fibers and ballpoint needles 'push' between the fibers of the cloth stopping puckers, holes, etc. Makes a big difference in the finished piece. Okay...I'm through with today's sewing lesson :-)

    @buirv & @aytacgul gauche

    If one wanted to make a face/head mask, what material could you use to "see through" kind of like a spider man mask?

    Any tips on best way to incorporate "inserts" or external wings ?

    Very cute Carleyy!

    So cute! I'll probably use this as a base for the owl costume. :D

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    Thanks! I plan on using it as a few bases for costumes as well!