Browsing on Burdastyle, I found a dress which looked so complicated, yet so beautiful. When I continued reading, I found out that this dress was actually very simple to make. Researching into it a bit more, I found this blog with a simple tutorial on how to make it. So I did. And it really is a quick project. The only tricky thing is to lay out and cut your fabric. This project surely is a yard burner. In the end, there is just 1 seam to serge. And i you want to do a longer version, then there will be 3 seams total.
Here a couple of hints that will make the dress a success:
Choose a Wool, Soy or Cotton blend with Elastan or Lycra component. The fabric should have enough body to give you good coverage and support. Try to avoid Polyester Microfiber blends and Bamboo based fabrics. As those won’t give you the support you need. Also, if you go with a printed fabric, be aware that the wrong side of the fabric will show once you are draping the ties around your body.
I have found that the calculation of 1.5 x body height turned out too long and hard to handle. 2 yards usually do the trick. Unless you are a tall woman, then I’d go with 2.25 yards.
The Waist Circle:
In most cases, the dress sits directly under the bust, therefore I’d suggest to use the under-bust measurement to determine the radius for the inner cutting circle. Rostitchery recommends to divide this measurement by 3 and again by 2. In my case: 32:3= 10.5″:2= 5.25″ However, if your fabric is really stretchy, go even with half of that measurement or you’ll have to pull your waist while stretching out your waistband piece.
Will head over to Bolt this weekend to stock up on more knits for further dresses. They are having a great sale starting Friday. Maybe see you there.