I've been thinking "could you actually sew a dress?"
So I made this!!
- at normal body shape and about 170 cm body size you need 180cmx150cm fabric.
- sewing machine and utensils
- bar of soap
- measuring tape
Step 1: Measure
First need to determine the dimensions of the body, you want to make the dress for.
The dress comes to just above the knees.
best to measure:
- chest circumference
- height of upper body
- circumference of hips
- from hip to just before the knees
Step 2: Draw and Cut Out
Best to take some more meters, i have always added 2 cm to each piece.
Step 3: Stitch Up
Turn every piece over and sew each one together, from the inside at a distance of about 1 cm from the edge.
Fix the material with needles and mark it, then sew it.
After that cut the out-standing material.
Step 4: Neckline
Cut out a triangle in the middle at the chest and fold the edge about 1 cm inwards and sew it all around from the outside.
Step 5: Back
A stretch band on top of the chest and one a little below the middle of the back. So the dress is applied to the body. I have taken 5 cm pieces.
IMPORTANT! The stretch band must be fully extended, when it move in, it should be slightly take the fabric at the same time with it. Than sew both together.
Step 6: Shoulder Straps
Now sew two straps and adjust the length to the person who will carrier the dress.
At the widest point (in the middle), it is 2 cm wide at the narrowest (at both end) 1cm.
Step 7: Skirt
The skirt consists of two parts, a small and a large.
!!!The skirts are twice as long as hip width, to make the wave pattern!!!
Both parts get below around it a small 1 cm rim.
Sew both ends together and pull a cord(as long as hip-width) through above. Now you can, with some skill, generate the wave pattern.
Sew both parts together, the upper about 5cm overlap in the lower.
Step 8: Finishing
Now even sew the skirt and the top together and you finish it.
I have made from the rest fabric a ribbon for the hip.
At the end you can still attach your initials or something like that.