DIY Summer Sundress
This DIY Summer Sundress is made from an old sheet. Yip, that’s how things roll on this blog. Upcycle, recycle and make it yourself.
I took the measurements from around my chest, just above my bust for the top piece – plus 6 – 8 centimetres for seam and overlap . And I used approximately 1.2 to 1.5 times that measurement for the actual dress part. The length measurement is from just below my armpit to my knees. Am a UK dress size 12 and my pattern is below.
You need: –
- matching colour thread
- tape measure
- sewing scissors
- sewing machine
- press stud
- hand sewing needle
You do: –
Cut your top piece, body of dress and straps. It’s a loose pattern so if you’re a bit smaller or bigger than me my pattern should fit. Just make the top part bigger if you’re wider around the chest as I’m narrow there.
Sew a hem in the sides of the dress. And fold over the sides of the top part. (see photo above) Gather the body of the dress and pin to the top piece. Sew in place. Sew 3/4 of the way up the dress – starting at the bottom – leaving a small piece open. You will use a press stud to close this.
Fold over the top piece and iron it. Remeber to allow for the seam.
To make the straps sew the long sides together and turn inside out. Iron so the seam fits in the middle. (have a look at picture above) Now pin the straps on the inside of the top piece. Fit your dress to make sure straps are not too long or shirt. And make sure they will cover your bra strap. Adjust if necessary. Sew straps to the inside part of the top so the seams won’t be visible. Now sew all around the top – almost a top stitch – to sew it all together.
Fit dress to check where you want your hem to be. And where you would like your press stud to go. Sew press stud in place. And just like that your DIY Summer Dress is complete.
Have a great green week.