MIDI DRESS [Back to School]

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

These past few weeks have been quite hectic for me, trying to settle in with my new class schedule. It's crazy to think a little over two years ago I was an anxious freshman starting my first year of undergrad. And now I'm heading into my third year and it's kinda surreal that I'm almost done with this chapter in my life.  I'm realizing that it's always difficult to begin something whether it's in academia or a hobby. But, once you really get into it you look up one day and see the finish line. And that feeling is one you cannot just sit around and hope for it to come, you really have to work for it.

Now, we can get to what you really came here to learn, this midi length dress that is perfect for fall! I constantly go to stores like H&M or F21 looking for a dress that's just the right length for ankle boots...and I have yet to find the perfect one. So, I decided to just make my own! The key to making this project is the fabric, believe it or not, it makes a huge difference. For me I knew I wanted something that had somewhat of a structure; so I decided to go with this line textured fabric (I ended up getting more than one color! hah).

Time: ~ 2 hours
Level: Beginner - Moderate

- 2 yards Fabric
- Sewing Machine
- Thread & Scissors
- Measuring Tape
- Paper (for pattern)

1.) I know in some of my previous posts I said I don't really care for patterns. Though, in order for my measurements to be precise, I decided to make my own quick pattern for the top of the dress. Making your own pattern is not as difficult as it may seem, trust me. Begin by getting a shirt that fits you well, but isn't too tight. Then trace it onto your paper adding 1/2 seam allowance. Next, cut your paper and you should be ready to transfer it to your dress. Another way to do this is measuring your waist, bust, armhole, neck, and shoulders. And then putting those measurements onto your pattern paper. The second option might be a bit too much for a beginner, so i'd recommend doing the first option and checking your steps to be sure the measurements are accurate with your body. 

2.) Now that you have your amazing handmade pattern! Everything else should be somewhat simple. The next step is to put your pattern piece on top of your two layered fabric. And using a washable pen or chalk trace it onto the fabric. Before you cut, you still need to add the measurements on how long you want the dress to be. For mine, I wanted it to fall a few inches above my ankles. This is really up to how you want your garment to look. After you know your length, transfer that onto your fabric, just by extending the line from the top to the bottom. And your pretty much ready to cut! 

3.) Sewing time! Sew two straight lines on the sides and then sew the shoulders. 

4.) Hang in there... your almost done. Now it's time to make the sleeves. I made it the same exact way I always do, so refer to my old post about making a Fall Coatigan. All the steps should be there.

5.) After you sew the sleeves onto the dress the last steps are to finish your neck line. You can do this in a variety of ways, it just depends on how you want it to look. Once you decide on that, all you need to do last is to hem the bottom of the dress, the sleeves, and hem the neckline. 

I wish I had the time to make a hundred versions of this type of dress for the Fall/Winter! A girl can dream, right!?

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial & feel free to ask me questions/comment!

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