This is a dress I designed and made, it's the first thing I've ever made on a sewing machine so If I can do it you can too. ^-^ You will need 2 different colors of fabric for this design. About a yard of each. and you will want to label all of the pieces as you cut them.
Step 1: Cut Straps
Cut 2 Straps out of Fabric A 3" by 9 1/2"
Step 2: Cut Piece 2
Cut a strip from fabric A 22" by 3".
Step 3: Cut Piece 3 and 4
(Cut 2) 24" by 4" from fabric B.
Step 4: Cut Piece 5
Cut from fabric A a piece that is 22" on top, 25" on bottom and 6" on the sides. it will be angled on the sides. Same with the next 3 pieces.
Step 5: Cut Piece 6
from fabric B 25" on top 26"on bottom, 3 1/2" on sides.
Step 6: Cut Piece 7
From Fabric A 26" on top 27" on bottom and 3 1/2" on sides.
Step 7: Cut Piece 8
cut from fabric B 27" on top and 28" on bottom, 3 1/2" on sides
Step 8: Start Sewing
Sew together pieces 2 and 3.
Step 9: Gathering Stitch
Sew a gathering stitch across the top and bottom of the 2 pieces
Step 10: Gather Together
Pull on the string to gather the material to match up with the top of piece 5, pin together.
Step 11: Sew
Sew together the 2 pieces. Set aside
Step 12: Bottom Half
Sew together the bottom of piece 6 to the top of piece 7, with the wrong sides facing out.
Step 13: Last Piece
Sew the top of piece 8 to the bottom of piece 7.
Step 14: Put Together
Sew the bottom half of piece 5 to the top of piece 7
Step 15: Straps
Fold the straps in half and sew them together. make sure when you sew them that the wrong side of it is facing out. Do the same with piece 2.
Step 16: Turn Right Side Out
Attach a safety pin to one end of the strap then tuck it through the middle to help you turn the strap so the right side is out. and press with iron to make flat. Set straps aside
Step 17: Attach Top
Gather piece 3 and 4 to match up with piece 2. fold piece 2 in half on top of pieces 3 and 4, pin....
Step 18: Sew on Top
Step 19: Sew Hem
Sew a hem on the bottom of the dress.
Step 20: Sew Together
Starting from the bottom half do a regular stitch from the waist of the dress down to the bottom. then on the top sew a basting stitch, from the top to the waist.
Step 21: Attach Zipper
holding the sides of the basting stitch down open the zipper, place it face down on it and sew down to the bottom of the zipper. then sew across the bottom, close the zipper and sew back up to the top.
Step 22: Rip Seam
Turn the dress right side out and rip the seam out from in front of the zipper.
Step 23: Attach Straps
Attach straps to the front 3" from sides.
Step 24: ...
Attach the back of the straps right next to the zipper in back.
Step 25: ...
Make sure they are about an inch down on both sides.
Step 26: Make Belt-crochet
Take Green Brown and light pink yarn, or yarn that matches your dress, and a size h hook.
Step 27: Green
Chain 90, seal off.
Step 28: Brown
Attach brown and single crochet once in every chain on green, seal off and tie to ends of green.
Step 29: Pink
Attach pink and single crochet in every single crochet of brown. Seal off and tie to ends of brown.
Step 30: Make Flower
hdc-half double crochet
sl st- slip stitch
sc- single crochet
1 -Ch 3
2 -sl st into first ch to create loop
3 -10 hdc inside of the loop
4 -sl st into beginning seal off
1-Attach brown ch 3, skip one st then sl st in next st. do this all the way around and back to the beginning (will create 5 loops)
2-ch 1 dc 6 in first loop ch 1 sl st into the base. repeat around in each loop then seal off at the end.
2-sc in 2nd ch from hook, then in next 4 sts. turn
3-sc in next 3 sts.
4-sc in next 2 sts.
5-sc around the whole outside of the leaf. seal off.
Attach the leaf to the flower and then attach the flower to the belt. and that's it ^-^