Thursday, August 9, 2012
How to make a simple sundress
A nice quick and easy project that can be done in less than an hour, and really so easy even a beginner can give it a go.
You will want to measure the chest at the widest part, add 1.5 inches to that measurement which is seam allowance and wiggle room. Then divide in half. That will be the width of the bottom of the bodice. So for example if the chest measurement is 20 inches then add the extra width and it will be 21.5 inches divide that in half and the bodice width will be 10 3/4 inches.
Next you want to know the armpit depth to get that measure from the top of the shoulder to under the middle of the armpit, keep in mind how far down you go is the depth of the arm hole so allow for some extra room, and add in seam allowance at the shoulder height.
Then measure across the neck so you know how wide to make the neck opening.
Lastly determine how tall you want the bodice to be like where on the chest you want it to end. That will be the over all height of the bodice.
Sound like a lot? It's not too bad, the basic shape of the bodice piece should look like the one above. You can fold the bodice piece in half to check that you are even on both sides.
You will cut two for the front and two for the back. Then I cut the back pieces in half.
Now for the skirt piece you have options. A gathered skirt is super easy with very little measuring, take the bottom bodice measurement and multiply it by 2 so for the earlier example it would be 10 3/4 inches X 2, so 21.5 inches for the width and then the length should be your desired length (from chest to length) plus 2 inches.
Cut 2 of those.
Now let's sew.
*Just a note you can have fun with the bodice lines, I made the bottom edge curved on this one for something different.
Lastly add a button for the other side of the back and hem the bottom of the skirt.
Want some other options?
Try adding pockets:
Sewn on Pockets
Or add some ruffles
Created By Shauna@shwinandshwin at 7:00 AM