Dragon Half Sleeve Tattoos Blog says: They are perfect for casual wear.
I would love to know. I would love to know how you sew your curved edges, such as your neckline. Whenever I sew a curved edge it sort of rolls and ripples. Yours always looks so trim and smooth! It took me a while to figure it out…if you are using knit, you fold under about a quarter or half inch a few inches before the foot goes under and I stretch it a bit forcing it to lay flat.
Then the ironing makes it perfect. Thanks for the explanation! I will have to practice, ha. I have found that curved hems on knits behave better if I do the work to pin and press the area before I sew the neckline. Most of the time, I pin as little as possible, but this is one of the exceptions.
Can you give some tips for sewing on stretchy knit? What stitch and length do you use? How do you tackle this? If you want to play it safe, just use a zig zag stitch. So, when I use a straight stitch on knit, I make my stitch length a little longer, like around 3. And when you stretch like knit is supposed to do , it will stretch because you stretched it as you sewed. Make sense I hope?! Thanks for making this tutorial, any tips for how to turn the bottom into more of a dress like this?
I have your dress on the to do list! Then, I would take a long rectangle piece and gather it at the top you could check out some of my peplum top tutorials for the instructions on this part and sew it to the bottom RST.
This maxi dresses is perfect for when you want to be comfy, yet fashionable. I started following your blog a few months ago and find it so inspiring! This is my favorite color!!! Did you get the fabric at a special SF fabric store?
Or just somewhere generic? Yes I did get it in sf…I wish they had warehouses like that everywhere. I followed you here from Pintarest, where I just saw a pin of a very similar dress in the same color. The only differences were hipline in-seam pockets and a slightly gathered elastic waist which made the skirt a little fuller. I just love the simplisty of the dress I am back on the sewing michine.
And if you have any more simple and quick ideas please share again. What fabric do you recommend? I love the drape shown in the picture and I want a soft jersey knit. However, my fear is that the fabric will be too lightweight causing it to be see through.
What do you think? Not a flattering style for overweight women or could it work for me? So make it wider than normal. I am a maxi junky and have never been able to find one with a T-shirt sleeve! I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for excellent info I was looking for this info for my mission. The most interesting and excited holiday is Halloween, and many dealers also want to find cheap Halloween costumes for the season sale.
Why not consider dear-lover. They are experts on manufacture and wholesale Halloween costumes. I just made mine in black and added a triangle detail to the sleeves. It is by far the most impressive-looking piece I have ever made! Thank you for the post. Hi, your dress is lovely and i love your blog soo much..
It looks so comfy and just perfect for my next project. Just one quick dumb question, and then I hope to make this dress today! I was also wondering the same thing? Where did you find your beautiful knit? I just went to my fabric store looking for a similar grey and came up empty handed. I used to have a dress very similiar to this one except it was a bit more form fitting.
It came with a short long sleeve open jacket but not really a jacket. The fabric was the same. The color was gray. I wore this outfit for about 10 years until the material in the back was wearing out. I gave the dress away not thinking about using it as a pattern. Ever since I have tried to find a pattern and thanks to you I found the dress! I am so excited to try this sewing project! You made my day. Do you use a lightweight jersey? Do you have any ideas for that?
I adore this dress! My youngest daughter 14 years old is a little fashion queen. And this dress, I can make in many different variations! Thank you for sharing! Thanks for the tutorial!
I made this dress at no cost using some green knit, thread, and a wide flower trim all inherited and stored in my fabric boxes. The bodice ended up being too long, so I made a one inch horizontal pleat above the gathers so it looks like the gathers are falling out from under the pleat. Then I used the flower trim for the straps and on the top edge of the bodice. It is very comfortable and pretty! Thank you for this tutorial - I am so exciting to make this dress, and to wear it!
I appreciate comments so much! I'll do my best to reply to you here in the comments section, especially if there is a question so future readers can see the answer. Pages Home about me my shop. Wednesday, July 6, Tutorial: I enjoyed wearing my blue maxi dress so much that I just had to make another, and this time in a light weight knit. If you want the braided detail along the top trim of the dress and as the straps, I have additional instructions at the end.
Start by measuring across your chest from side seam to side seam of a shirt you like the fit of. Measure from the point where you want the top of the bodice to lay to where you want the waist band to be.
Also measure how long your straps need to be—from where you want the top of the front to sit to where you want the top of the back to sit. My straps are 8 inches wide. Cut out 4 rectangles based on your measurements as wide as the first measurement across your chest plus 1 inch and as tall as the measure from the top seam to the waist band plus 1 inch. For your skirt, double the width of the front of your bodice for the width, and the length is the measurement from the waist band to the hem line.
Cut two of this size—one for the front and one for the back. Your going to end up sewing all four of your bodice pieces right sides together so you end up with one long strip of fabric with three seams in it. Run it between the two layers the outer and lining layers of one side of the bodice of either the front or the back of the bodice. I pinned mine 3 inches in from where the side seam would be. Do the same with the other strap in from the.
Note how in the picture above, the length of the straps is hanging down from the seam. You only want the very end of your strap to peek through your pinning. Pin the rest of the two pieces lining and outer together and sew from one side seam to the next.
This is where it gets a little awkward and you need to pay attention and be careful. Once your straps are pinned in place, go ahead and finish sewing the rest of the length that you started. At this point I put in the zipper. But last night, when I took off the dress, I forgot it had a zipper and just took it off.
I then pinned my zipper under one finished seam right sides out at this point. If I had been more technical and done a more professional job, I would have sewn the zipper in before sewing that seam and it would have been hidden. But I was going for simple with this dress. I then pinned the other side to the zipper and did the same thing.
Because my skirt width was the same as the fabric width, I just had to do one side seam so I had a tube. At this point I switched back to a straight stitch, set my tension to the highest setting and my stitch length to the longest. I then ran the top edge of my skirt through the machine and it gathered as it went. Keeping your skirt wrong sides out, put your bodice, neck down and right sides out inside the skirt. So now they make a nice tube. Make sure your side seams are lined up, and then pin them together.
Now sew the two together. How do I know to caution you? And now, your dress is finished!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know that I had to take in my side seams a bit on the bodice, as well as shorten my straps quite a bit. My dog was so excited that I was taking pictures and had to be a part of the photo shoot as well. Follow THIS tutorial and make enough braid for the width of the front of your bodice and the two straps.
Then, follow the instructions for sewing in the straps, only use your braid instead of the ones I used. Once your bodice is all finished, top stitch the braid onto the front of the bodice. Thanks so much for stopping by. If you end up making a dress, please let me know! I really do want to see what you make!!! If you have some time, take a look at these great parties I may be linking up with….
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