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Saturday, January 16, 2016

I made this dress for my friend's 21st birthday. I guess there is something about the color white that makes you the center of attention, which makes sense on your special day. She pictured something simple, but with a bit of sparkle.

That being said here is my process in making this project:

Time: 3 hours
Level: Intermediate

What you will need -

- 2.5 to 3 yards of Fabric (any)
- 22 inch Zipper 
- 1 yard of a notion (I used gold)
- Thread & Scissors
- Sewing Machine

Lets Begin! - 

Step 1: Making a pattern. This part is optional, but in order to get precise measurements I decided to make a pattern. It takes time to master the skill of pattern-making and believe me I still have a long way to go. This dress had two parts: a bodice and skirt. I only made a pattern for the bodice (top). The simplest way I can explain it is to mark your measurements (bust, waist, arm-whole, shoulder, and neckline) on to the paper and add your seam allowance. For more structure, I made 2 princess seams along the two bust lines on the bodice.

Step 2: The hard part is over. Just transfer the paper onto your fabric and cut. Then set that aside and measure your waist, hips, and length (from waistline down) to make the skirt. Now, take those measurements and use them to cut a skirt on the fabric.

Step 3: Since this is a two-piece dress, you need to sew the bodice and skirt together first. Now, is the fun part! You can add the notion of your choice, I used this gold notion. I used a top stitch to attach it to the waistline of the dress. Then open the back by cutting at the middle of the back. After you have done that you can add your zipper. And sew up the rest of the back part of the dress.

Step 4: Sleeves! I make my sleeves pretty much the same as always. There are two major ways to do this the first is the easiest, which is using an old long sleeve top as a pattern. Or transferring the exact measurements onto the fabric and cutting. Either way you get the same results. So choose as you wish.

Step 5: Now its time to clean things up and hem away! To do a basic hem, just fold a half inch and then another half inch and sew around. It's really important to take your time hemming, especially around curved edges, which can get tricky. (I will do a post on this soon!)

This may seem long, but this was a really brief overview on my process! It would have been a few more pages long if I gotten into the details. I hope this was helpful and you gained some more knowledge about the art of sewing.

Let me know what you think!

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