It’s been a bad weekend, so I needed to channel my energy and emotions into something nice.
Dresses are nice.
This is my very first attempt at dress making, so bear with me. I don’t like patterns (they confuse me), so I’ve worked free-hand on this. I’ve had to leave all the fancy bias binding on sleeves and necklines for a time when I’m a more confident sewer, but I’m actually quite proud of the finishings.
The material for the dress came from an old(-ish) bed sheet. A sheet that keeps on giving: it has previously been generous enough to provide me with fabric for a cape for Halloween AND there’s still some left now! Wonder what I’ll make from it next… Suggestions very welcome.
This dress took less than 3 hours to make in total, and is definitely beginner-friendly.
I used my mannequin to get a bit of an idea of the width of a body. Using tailor’s chalk, I drew two parallel straight lines from where the shoulders would be down to (approximately) where armholes would finish. From there, I drew lines at a slight angle down to the future hemline. The shape of this dress is a very simple triangle + a rectangle on top for shoulders/armholes.
I then cut the fabric, leaving about 1cm between the chalk line and the scissors.
I based the neckline on one of my other dresses by simply placing the dress on top of my fabric and drawing a chalk line along the neckline. I cut the neckline out as well, and then proceeded to pin the shoulder bits and sides of the dress together.
I put the dress on my mannequin again to get an idea of where I wanted to place the open back, bearing in mind that I’d still like to be able to wear a bra underneath the dress. I tried out various options in chalk here: a round opening, square and a triangle. I decided to go with the triangle and then used ruler and chalk to draw the final lines for me to cut.
I quite like the final result, and the fact that it can be worn in (at least) two different ways: