All-American Dress Tutorial July 3, 2012 – Posted in: clothing, dress, girls clothes, sewing, tutorial
Back to the sewing part now… For the skirt part- take the measurement of the bottom edge of your top and double it- that is your width. Then, measure about how long you want the dress to be and add 3-4″- that is your length. Cut two of those (front and back). Sew a gathering stitch along the top edge of your front piece.
Pin right sides together with the bottom edge of the dress top.
Sew and zigzag or overlock. Front done- see how easy this is?
Now for the back… Press the top edge in 1/4″…
Then press under again and sew a casing that is a little wider than your elastic.
Cut a piece of elastic a little smaller than half of the chest measurment. Push it into the casing and zigzag over it several times to hold it in place.
Do the same on the other side so that your back looks like this:
Sew the sides of the dress together and zig zag or overlock the edges.
Almost done! Now for the straps… go back to the top of the dress and measure the width of the shoulder 1/4″ below the top edge. Double that and add 1/2″ seam allowance. For example, the smallest dress measured 3/4″ at the shoulders, so I doubled that to 1 1/2″ and added 1/2″ to make 2″. Then just cut two straps the width you just figured out by whatever length you want. Sew the long edges together with the right side facing inward.
Flip and press the straps. Turn the bottom edge in about 1/4″ or more and slide it over the shoulder of the halter top.
Sew it in place really well- I went over it several times to make it stronger. This is the hardest part to sew- be careful that it doesn’t slide around as you are sewing and that the edges match up.
Topstitch close to the edge around the entire top- from one armpit, all the way up and around the straps on both sides, and back around to the other armpit. Take your time and try to keep a nice, even line.
Finally, hem the dress! It will be uneven because the casing in the back makes it shorter than the front. Just trim off the excess and even things up.