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How to make a notch-above dress

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This dress is flattering and stylish and would work in a wide variety of fabric choices. I loved the bold, large-scale floral I chose, but I can also imagine it looking great in two solids or in a smaller-scale print. Try it out for yourself and sew what works for you! It'll be a perfect dress for summer in whatever fabric combination you choose. 
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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To make the notch-above dress you will need:
2-3 yards of main fabric (2 yards if you make a short dress from 60" wide fabric, more if you are using 45" wide fabric or want a longer dress)
1/2 yard of contrast fabric for front contrast & waistband
16" zipper
1" wide elastic (length determined by your waist measurement)
1 package pre-made single fold bias tape (or make your own)
Fusible interfacing (a few small scraps are enough, you just need a couple of strips to reinforce the notch detail)
(Note: There are buttons in the picture because in the original stage of this dress design, there was a button detail, but at the end of the project I decided to omit the button.) 

Step 2: Prepare dress pattern

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You will need to use the front and back pieces of a shift dress pattern to begin the process. I used the shift dress pattern from the Built By Wendy Dresses book. There is also a pattern available on Burdastyle that would make a great starting point: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/fatina. One more option is to draft your own pieces using these free instructions from Burdastyle: http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/basic-dress-sloper-how-to-draft-a-basic-dress-pattern
aimeee2 years ago
Nice dress! This is a really well done dress and instructable. I think you'd be a strong candidate for the Burdastyle contest going on right now. It ends on June 12. Thanks for sharing!
fresa-strawberry (author)  aimeee2 years ago
Thank you so much, aimeee. I appreciate the positive feedback and hope you'll give the dress a try!
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