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*about 1.5 yards of solid fabric
*about 1.0 yard of print fabric
Please Note: Our estimates for needed fabric for this project are based on a size 8 dress. It's always best to buy more fabric if need be. (You can always make a matching bag from the left over fabric.)
First, measure your bust and your hips. Which ever measurement is bigger that is the one you will use. Now add 1/2 of that number to your measurement and that is your width measurement for the dress.
Example: If your hip measurement was the largest that's the one to use. Let's say your hip measured 34". Add 1/2 of that measurement which is 17".
34" + 17" = 51" So 51" would be your width measurement for the dress.
Measure from where you want the dress to lie on your body above the chest area to where you want the dress to end at your legs. Then subtract 3" from that measurement to allow for the gathered printed ruffle at the bottom. (We did ours above the knee, but you can do any length you want.)
Example: if your measurement of where you want your dress to lie on your body from top to bottom of dress is 40" subtract 3" to allow for the ruffled bottom.
40"- 3" = 37" So 37" would be your length measurement for the dress.
First, hem the top of the dress along the width. Fold under 1/2" to the ugly side of the fabric. Fold again 1/2". Pin, press, and stitch.
Hand wind the elastic thread around your bobbin. Set your machine at a baste stitch. Begin by sewing a straight seam on the pretty side of the fabric just below the hem you just stitched. DO NOT SEW ON YOUR HEM. Sew just below it. Back tack at the beginning and at the end. Do not forget to back-tack each time other-wise your elastic gathering will fall apart.
Sew the next line using your first line as a guide and sew 1/4" from the line. (So your stitching lines will be 1/4" apart from each other.)
Cut a piece of the print fabric 9" X twice your hip measurement. (if your hips measured 42" cut 82")
Most fabric is not that long so you may need to cut 2 pieces and sew them together. This is what we had to do. The photo here is showing us sewing two pieces together to form one very long strip.
Pin the top together and press flat.
Baste the top using the pressure foot as your guide.
One method is to just use a basting stitch. Keep your thread long after sewing and do not back-tack. Then pull one thread to gather.
We suggest using a stronger gathering method since this is a long seam. Here's how to do our favorite gathering method.
Stitch in place using a 5/8" seam allowance.
Stitch using a 5/8" seam allowance.
To make the belt cut a piece of the print fabric 7" X 60". Fold the belt PRETTY sides together and pin down the one long end and one short end. Stitch the long end and one short end using a 1/4" seam.