This instructable was revised on 6/03/09 for simplicity and accuracy.

This is an easy way to make a dress from either two large scarves or two equal sized pieces of fabric. I have been seeing dresses of this style around the place and every time I see one I think "hey, that must just be two pieces of fabric sewn together... but how?..."

I looked on the interweb and couldn't find any tutorials so I decided to play around until I worked out the how.

As with all the clothes I make I chose this style because it fits the criterion of being size adjustable and flattering to a wide range of body shapes. And as you can see from the photo, it fits nicely over a pregnant belly.

The dress has an open wrap front that is secured with ribbon. It can be wrapped and worn in several different styles.

To make this dress you will need:
2 sections of fabric aprox 1m x 1.3m, or two large scarves/sarongs;
4 metres of ribbon;
sewing machine and thread (it would, however, be quite easy to do this without a sewing machine if you are using scarves that are already hemmed, or fabric that doesn't fray and thus doesn't need finishing);
a dress form or a friend who is willing to help you fit and measure;
a fair bit of time to play around and experiment with the tying, the tying is by far the trickiest part.

Step 1: the quick explanation

I will go through this step by step, but here is the quick version for those that have done it before or have a fairly good idea of what is going on already.

Basically, you start off with two 1mtr x aprox 1.30mtr rectangles of fabric, which you hem on all four sides (unless you are starting with scarves/sarongs that are already finished, in which case, yay for you! the rest will only take you a few minutes!).

As per the diagram, the section between point A and B becomes the back seam, which starts at the waist and finishes at the hem.

The points at C and D get folded over and sewn to become the point above the bust that the ribbon gets threaded through.

Points E and F get wrapped around the body and sit at the waist.

The two remaining un-lettered corners will become points at the bottom of the dress.

Easy? Not so much? Okay, here is the longer more detailed explanation...
<p>Thank you for posting the tutorial! I couldn't get the dress to stay closed and look good at the same time so I pinned a few key areas and sewed them: low back, bust, and hips. It's not as versatile, but looks good. It is in the style of the first picture. </p>
This took me about 2 hours to make (no hemming) which was pretty great. I had an awful time keeping it from sliding all over while wearing it. I ended up pinning the whole top to a bra, which worked very well. It worked fine for a costume though!
This is beautiful! I wish I was sew savvy.. :)
I love this design. I'm trying a test run of it at the moment but I don't quite get it.... I have the back seam and bust points done, but cant figure out points where points E &amp; F go. Maybe I'm missing something really obvious but any help would be great =)
&nbsp;Hi! Is the word 'casing'??? Just came to me in an epiphany.... :-)
Very clever! do you get these ideas often? hope you share more.
Very nice looking :) I think I might shorten it a little and try it out for a wedding I have to go this weekend!
This is a great! I think I might use it to make my prom dress!
i don't think you could have "too many" of this style of dress. my goodness...my entire closet would be full of these for around the house dressing. this was wonderful for you to post. thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The coolest thing about this type of dress is that it's older than old--what you're describing is essentially a variation of the sorts of clothes Greek and Romen women wore--a <em>peplos</em> (http://www.vroma.org/~bmcmanus/clothing2.html) or a <em>chiton</em> (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiton_(costume) ). (Actually, most clothing in the ancient Mediterranean was essentially a large rectangle that got worn in various ways, not unlike a sari. Probably a side effect of being a culture of weavers.) It doesn't get much more classic!<br/><br/>Also, your dress is lovely. :)<br/>
This looks awesome, and incredibly easy. I like the classic lines, too - will have to try it!
I LOVE this. This is what I believe that sewing should be all about!! You did an amazing job. Thanks for the inspirations.
aw, thanks Naomi, you're welcome :)

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