Step 4: Sewing

Sew the waistband into a loop.
  • Right sides together, sew the seam that is twice the length of the bottom of your rib cage to the top of your boobs.
  • You can use a straight stitch.
  • Fold the loop in half so that the wrong sides are together.
Sew the straps to the skirt.
  • Right sides together, sew the end of a strap to the circle you made for your waist.
  • Tip: It may be easier to do this if you don't pin.
  • Tip: Use a stretch fabric or zigzag stitch so that your seams can stretch.
  • Sew on the other strap in the same manner. Make the straps overlap by half of the width of one strap.
Sew the waistband onto the skirt.
  • Place the raw edges of the waistband on the outside of the circle, sandwiching the straps.
  • Tip: Be careful here! Look at a picture of the finished project and poke around at your piece to make sure that everything is in the right order.
  • Tip: Pin this one. You might need to stretch something as you sew to make them fit together properly.
  • Sew with a stretch or zigzag stitch.
And that's it! Now you have a dress!
<p>I realize this is a bit of an old thread..but i'll try to see if i can get a reply anyways. I made this bandeau version and loved it; i'm thinking of making more in different colors but am wondering if anyone has had trouble with tying some of the styles. anyone try the backless ties? I'm only adding the bandeau so i have a double layer of cloth and don't have to worry about a bra. any thoughts?</p>
I made a dress like this following your instructions! It came out well, although for some reason the I can't upload a picture... I'll try to add a picture later if I can....
I finally uploaded it! I had to do a weird roundabout thing... I still need to finish the hem because I used a non-stretch fabric for the skirt. I'll see how the skirt holds up...
Awesome, that looks great! <br />Do you have any tips for working with non-stretch skirt fabric?
This is a truly excellent set of instructions! I'm a professional seamstress and am making some of these for bridesmaids' dresses for a client. I've looked at a LOT of tutorials on this project and had to wade through some real confusing stuff. I believe that yours' is the best one that I've seen. Thank you! <br> <br>Good job!
Wow, thank you!
I'm going to make one of these very soon. Thanks!
you got some awesome stuff, and looking very sweet.
One question. How do you keep the bottom of the dress from fraying? I would assume by cutting it into that circle, it would be likely to start fraying if not sewn or glued at the edge.
Nope, actually many fabrics (such as the jersey of this dress) don't fray! <br />Of course, if you are concerned, you can always hem your edges normally. Or for a quicker fix/possibly a decoration, you could serge or zigzag all of your edges. <br />However, I've been wearing these dresses for several months now, and so far have had no problems with fraying.
That's awesome to learn, thanks!
This is awesome! I love your addition of the empire waist band so that a bra can be worn with this - not every female wants to skip the bra :) I can't wait to make this!
Except... How did you tie the straps? Ha
Haha just make one and play around with it. The key element in the strap-hiding tie is to bring the straps up over your shoulders from the front, cross them in back, bring them around front, then thread them back through the crossed back so that those straps are pulled straight down instead of in an X. <br />Does that help?
Yes, it does, thanks! :)
That is a really cute outfit.&nbsp; It looks expensive.&nbsp; I know just the girl I will give your instructions to, it will look wonderful on her.&nbsp; You also used colors that complement each other very well.<br> <br> Well done.&nbsp; Thank you.<br> <br> Ken
you are so beautiful &amp; gorgeous..
You are very talented!
Yes, a very well done project..Got my vote!...
you are gorgeous
I do like the combination of 2 fabrics. Thanks a lot!!
voted, I think it's the best, well done &amp; good luck :)
Thanks very much!
this wouldn't look as good on me as it does on you.. thank you for sharing

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