Tuesday, March 9, 2010

My First Tutorial! . . . Scrunchy Halter Dress

Sewing has been my most recent obsession, and for a long time now [or at least a month. . .] I've been wanting to sew a dress.

I finally got up the guts to just do it.

And I'm pretty happy with the result:

If you want to know how I did it, here's the "how to" . . .

It all started once upon a time when I saw this
beautiful teal jersey material
at the craft store:

I bought one yard, and cut it into two equal pieces.

For each, I folded the top over about 5 inches and pinned it.

Then I used elastic thread in my bobbin to sew five horizontal lines across the folded part- each about an inch apart:

I did this to both pieces of fabric and then laid them together, fronts facing in and pinned them along the sides.

I have to admit, there's quite a bit of guessing work here :] Gage what size [or how tight] you would like the dress to be around the chest, and then just sort of tapper it out from there.

Sew along pin lines:

Then trim the extra fabric:

Now for the straps. . .

Out of the extra fabric, take a strip and cut to straps that are long enough to go over your shoulders. Mine were about 8 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide.

Then hem the straps. . . With a 1/4 inch seam, my straps ended up being about an inch wide.

Next I slid the dress on to make sure that I would get the straps correct :]

I pinned them right in the middle of the front of the dress:

And then I criss-crossed them in the back and pinned them as well.

Then just sew in the straps and. . .


It's worth stating that I did not hem the bottom of the dress, because I really like the unfinished look at the moment, but I may go back and hem it later.

Please let me know if there's anything unclear in there. . . I'd be happy to clarify if you have any questions!


Shorty said...

You did a great job! Very cute dress!

passport in my pocket said...

wow - color me impressed!

Kim@Simply Domestic said...

That is sooo cute!! Great job!

Lois said...

Yay for elastic thread! The only 2 dresses I have ever made were with elastic thread. :) I may branch out eventually...not on the top of the list though.