I made a dress today.
Has anyone else been inspired recently by watching "Fashion Star"?
It has been fun to see the unique designs each week. I love that the maxi dresses are so popular this season because I think they are just fantastic!
Well, as luck would have it my sister gave me some beautiful fabrics this week to "play with".
Since I was feeling inspired I decided to make myself a maxi dress. And here it is:
The first thing I did was pin the pieces, right sides together and sew them together (basically making one long tube). I used a slight zig zag stitch since my fabric is a bit stretchy.
Next, I put the tube on and measured where I wanted to create a high waist line (for me it was 9" down from the top.
And this is where I got to do something really fun called shirring.
It is a wonderful technique that I will definitely be using again! I got all of my information on how to do it from this wonderful website called Make it and Love it .
Click here to see: http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2011/11/sewing-tip-shirringsmocking-with-elastic-thread.html
I did six rows of shirring along the high waist line (starting 9" down from the top and making rows using my presser foot as the guide for spacing each row)
I also added shirring to the top of the dress, this time doing 3 rows so it wouldn't be loose and gape open when I bend over or whatever. ;)
Then I added a couple of very simple black velvet and lace straps.
Now, remember when I said the dress was one long tube when I first put it together.
Well, after all of the shirring was complete I had to try it on again for fitting and it was rather loose. So I pinned it to the desired fit and then, with the dress inside out, I sewed a new seam on each side to create a more snug fit in the top and waist allowing the new seam to gradually taper back to the original seam at the hips. Then I trimmed the excess fabric. *Note: remember to add a zig zag stitch to finish your seams if you are not using a serger. This will secure your edges and prevent excessive fraying.
Since my fabric was a bit sheer I needed a full length slip or under-dress to go with it. Fortunately, I had just the thing that came with another long sheer dress I own....perfect! Yay!
I must say, I'm in love with how this dress came out....and so was my husband ;)
I made it in one afternoon and wore it out on a dinner date the same night!