Added Jan 25, 2010
I thought I’d really challenge myself for my 2nd time at a sewing machine – and boy was it a challenge!
I had a crazy thought at the beginning and decided to not use a pattern (even more challenges) – however, in the end it all worked out fine.
I’d always wanted a black and white gingham dress. I’d never found one I liked so made a snap decision to make my own based on a few of my favourite dresses in my wardrobe.
The skirt is shorter at the sides than the front which I love for summer – though you could just have a circular skirt.
Basically I traced around one of my dresses and got a circular rectangle about 130cm x 170cm
I cut a hole in the middle the size of my waist.
Then got a strip of contrasting fabric 24cm x my waist size + 4cm. Folded it over, sewed it together then pulled it inside out. I then ironed that flat. I had a slightly more complex way of securing it with buttons, hooks and overlapping so it’s flexible – but you could just use a zipper on the side.
The top was slightly more difficult and I just traced another one of my dresses, but it worked out to be a basic crossover v-neck.
Then I sewed it all together, gathered and sewed the shoulders and there it is!
Can’t wait to wear it in the sun tomorrow at a barbecue! Let’s hope it’s not see though!
100% Cotton Gingham – I really love the way 100% cotton falls
A tougher red cotton, not sure of the type specifically.
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