As I am not an English native speaker, I will try to to my best to explain how I have made this
little dress/top. :)
Step 1: Materials List
- dress form
- needle pins
- measurement tape
- plastic tracing sheet with pen
- satin tape (3 mm)
- pattern paper
Materials list (dress/top):
- shell fabric (medium-weight to heavy weight)
- heavy-weight lining
- needle pins
- sewing machine
- electric iron
- ironing glove (optionally)
- satin tape (2, 5 cm)
- eyelet kit
- tailors' chalk
Step 2: Making the Pattern
If you make the pattern for yourself, you should have a dress form in your size.:) Nowadays dress forms aren't that expensive, so if you like making patterns on a dressform you should buy on.
Besides the dress form, we will need some needle pins and a thin satin tape. (3 mm) Let's start to mark the centre front, centre back and waistline with the tape. Afterwards you can get creative, as you can mark the top and bottom of the top and also the division seams.
Step 3: Tracing the Pattern
Step 4: Creating the Skirt Part
Once I have draped my skirt with some paper, I elongated the centre front and centre back with a ruler.
After I decided how long my skirt should be, I measured this length from the waistline.
Step 5: Pattern
Fabric should always been cut on grain. The grain line is parallel to the centre front. (upper part)
I have bias cut the skirt to get a nice shape. (picture 2)
Step 6: Sewing the Upper Part and Skirt
Don' forget to ironing flat the seam allowances. It is always easier to ironing after every step, so
the result will be better at the end.
Step 7: Sewing the Shell Fabric and Lining Together (Upper Part)
Step 8: Sewing the Upper Part and Skirt Together
Afterwards you can sew the shell fabric and lining together at hem and centre back. Please leave the centre back open from the upper part as otherwise you cannot turn the dress to the right side. (please refer to picture 2 for reference)
Does it look like a dress already.:)
Step 9: Sewing Centre Back (Upper Part)
Topstitch very close to the lengthwise edge.
Step 10: Inserting Eyelets
Step 11: Lacing and Finishing
I have used a 2,5 cm satin tape for lacing as I think it looks really nice.
I hope you enjoy making it. :)