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Sun Dress Tutorial

I am really loving this fabric.  I’ve passed by it so many times at Jo-Ann, and I finally caved in and bought a yard last week.  Poor L looked so bored while I cruised down each aisle, admiring all the fun prints and coming up with new project ideas while I shopped.  To him, 20 minutes must have felt like an hour, but he made it out of there in one piece.  What a trooper!

This fabric is a 100% white cotton jersey knit with colorful hearts plastered all over.  I am still in dire need of short summer dresses, and I thought this would be perfect for that!  The total time it took me to make this dress was a couple of hours (with many distractions in between).  Continue reading to find out how to make one for yourself!

To start, I used an old tank top to make my bodice pattern.  Fold along the center front and center back.  Trace around the front piece first, making sure to mark where your waist is and where the straps will go.  Do the same for the back piece.

It should look something like this (mine came out a little wonky, but just straighten out any weird lines).  From here you can either cut it out, or alter the pattern to give the bodice a little more style.  When you cut your fabric, make sure to place the center front and center back on the fold, so that when you unfold it, you have one whole piece of each.  I decided to line my bodice, so I cut out two of each piece.

See diagram above for how I made my straps.

Sew the front and back together along the side seams.  If you are lining your bodice like I did,  turn the lining inside out and line it up with the main bodice and sew along the top.  Turn it right side out and topstitch along the the top. (NOTE: Don’t forget to put the straps in when you sew it together).  If you aren’t lining it, just hem the top and sew the straps in place.

For the skirt, I wanted it fairly short, so I measured from my waist to my thigh which came out to 15″.  Add 2″ for hem and seam allowance.  With the fabric folded in half with selvage edges lined up, cut a strip of fabric 17″ wide (or whatever measurement you decided to go with) and sew along the selvage.  Mark where the center front, center back, and side seams are on the skirt, and pin it to the bodice, with the right sides facing each other.  The circumference of the skirt will be much larger than the bodice, so you will need to make pleats as pictured above.

Sew along the edge and turn inside out.  This next step is optional, but you can take some buttons and sew them to the front of the bodice.  These buttons were a couple of dollars at Joann’s.  They were from a previous project (from long, long ago), and they’ve been sitting in my stash ever since.

Here’s a close up of the buttons:

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