Infinity dress for graduation

Added Feb 10, 2010

by rachelily

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Description

Many of you may have seen this already – I posted it on Craftster about two years ago based off of Rostitchery’s infamous infinity dress. The pattern is here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.0

I made this for my high school graduation. We had to wear white, floor-length, non-strapless, non-bedazzled dresses (impossible, right? Everything has a rhinestone on it now.) I found this pattern and decided it would be perfect, and tied it in the grecian style. It was very easy – only a couple of seams.

For my particular version of this dress, the skirt was cut on the bias for a better drape; because it was floor-length, however, it was done in two pieces, not a circle skirt, so it has side seams. Also, my straps were doubled over for more coverage and finishing since this was for a formal event. The skirt was not hemmed.

  • Btw I have seen many people use these for bridesmaids dresses – they can be tied in a multiplicity of ways and can be all the same color, and still be flattering for everyone. I highly recommend this!

Material Notes

2-way stretch jersey knit in white

Difficulty

Novice

Categories

For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Bridal, Evening Wear
Material
Knits/Jersey

Credits

Rostitchery

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    Dec 26, 2013, 12.20 AMby Mischa Davison

    Hi how wide was your fabric to get away with only side seams on a floor length bias cut? I can’t find fabric wide enough to be sufficient and don’t know what to do

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    Apr 25, 2011, 04.24 AMby bcha1023

    Awesome job! this has been on my list of summer dresses to make for a long time. How many yards did you use?

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    Oct 4, 2010, 06.00 PMby Kate Schosboek

    I love your dress, I am planning on making the same, floor length version for my bridesmaids, but I would love to know where you got the the skirt pattern, did you just wing it? And if so, do you know what kind of difference you added between the waist and the floor? Thanks! my email is katymaria at gmail.com if you could write me back that would be awesome! :)

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    Mar 16, 2010, 02.21 AMby pinksalamander

    I absolutely adoreee this dress. I am going to a boat party soon and I can’t afford a really nice dress. How did you go about tying this? And also what fabric did you use (does it have to be stretchy?) Thank you!

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      Mar 16, 2010, 10.38 PMby rachelily

      The tying instructions are posted below, and yes definitely use a stretchy fabric. Otherwise, you will need a zipper and hems and finished edges and it defeats the purpose of its simplicity :) When not a full-length gown, this dress is all one seam! Which is pretty amazing. I suggest something in a 2-way stretch rather than 4-way, because getting the waist to be the right size (and not too big) with a 4-way is a lot more difficult.

      Post pictures if you make it! :D

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      Mar 17, 2010, 12.23 PMby pinksalamander

      Thanks! I’m still debating whether I could pull it off or go for something more fitted and flattering, mainly I just like the cost of this! I think I will make it regardless of whether or not I wear it! Its beautiful!

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      Mar 17, 2010, 07.22 PMby rachelily

      Do it! It’s will be hard to find something more flattering, and more comfortable at the same time :)

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    Mar 12, 2010, 08.09 PMby pollyprogrammer

    This is an absolutely gorgeous dress, and it looks lovely on! I’ve made an infinity dress before (using Rostitchery’s wonderful tutorial), but I never thought of making it full length. The volume of it suits the fabric and style quite well without overwhelming you like a full circle skirt would. Did you make the skit portion a half-circle rather than a full to cut down on bulk?

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      Mar 12, 2010, 11.01 PMby rachelily

      Thank you! The skirt was cut on the bias in a sort of moderate a-line shape, more suiting to an eveningwear silhouette. I cut two and seamed them up the sides.

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    Feb 23, 2010, 10.08 PMby rachelily

    Thank you very much everyone!

    There were a couple questions on how to tie the dress – I posted a long thread on Craftster about this, but it may be hard to find so I’ll go ahead and post here. It’s a bit confusing to follow so I’ll try to be as clear as I can!

    1. Position the dress with the two straps in front of you. 2. Taking the strap on the right, bring it across (parallel to the ground) so that it is making a lowercase " t " with your right arm. Try to keep the straps flattened the whole time, not twisting (unless of course that is the look you are going for!) 3. Wrap this strap around your arm now all the way, so it is sticking out from under your armpit now. 4. The strap should be pointing forward, and so far you should have it wrapped once around your arm. Now, you will bring it up and over your shoulder like a halter strap. 5. Let it chill here. 6. Repeat with the left strap. 7. With both straps hanging over your shoulders (this can be a little tricky – the straps may slide down your arms a bit when doing this but no worries, it is easy to adjust after-the-fact) take them behind your back and make an " x ". Be sure they are laying flat, you may want to spread them out while doing this. 8. The right strap is now on the left in the back, and the left strap is now on the right in the back. They are sticking out at your sides. Bring them to the front, and criss-cross them in an " x " once more. 9. Now, bring them once more to the back, and tie a loose bow or a knot (but by loose bow I still mean tight – you don’t want your top to slide off slowly!) This looks rather nice with very long straps so a sort of train is trailing down the back of the dress.

    Hopefully, this made sense. If there are any more questions, let me know, or just check out the link where everyone who has tried this dress has posted their tips, suggestions, and how-to’s.

    Rachel :)

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    Feb 16, 2010, 05.50 AMby shoesandbagsomy

    I just love this. I feel a bit inspired. I think I may use the Linda skirt pattern for the skirt part. I have seen just the fabric for this at my fave place – Tessuti in Melbourne. Well done!

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    Feb 14, 2010, 06.57 AMby craziemirrie

    Well done! You look very elegant.

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    Feb 13, 2010, 01.16 PMby icecjan

    absolutely gorgeous!

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    Feb 12, 2010, 11.39 PMby sianysiany

    Absolutely beautiful… You must do a how to on how you tied the dress. That part always confuses me!

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    Feb 12, 2010, 07.24 PMby clareh

    Gorgeous!

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    Feb 12, 2010, 03.07 PMby maatranut

    Fantastic!!!

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    Feb 12, 2010, 02.01 AMby Vivat Veritas

    this is beautiful!!!

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    Feb 12, 2010, 01.16 AMby camilaustral

    yes i remember!! you look really really good ;)

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    Feb 12, 2010, 12.24 AMby yummy

    The infinity dress intrigued me for a while last year but I never got around to making one. This is the most beautiful one I’ve seen and now I’m intrigued by it all over again.

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    Feb 12, 2010, 12.24 AMby yummy

    The infinity dress intrigued me for a while last year but I never got around to making one. This is the most beautiful one I’ve seen and now I’m intrigued by it all over again.

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    Feb 11, 2010, 11.23 PMby dkocsis45

    Very beautiful. I thought at first it was a wedding dress. Would work well for that as well, I would think.

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    Feb 11, 2010, 10.20 PMby seemane

    Stunning, simple lines, and utterly stylish!

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    Feb 11, 2010, 09.28 PMby jude66

    stunning!

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    Feb 11, 2010, 09.02 PMby kdrodgers

    Beautiful, amazing!!!!

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    Feb 11, 2010, 10.30 AMby anajan

    Yeah, I’ve seen your dress before. Loved it then, love it now! I like how you wrapped the straps into a Grecian style – so classy.

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    Feb 11, 2010, 03.38 AMby sew4my3

    Well, I am so glad you are sharing this beautiful garment with us here on Burdastyle as I missed the first posting elsewhere! Very fashion forward and it is perfect for your figure! Just gorgeous!

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    Feb 10, 2010, 11.39 PMby calicocouture

    I think it’s beautiful.

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    Feb 10, 2010, 11.14 PMby kii

    I’m sure you blew everyone away at your graduation with that dress! How beautiful!

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    Feb 10, 2010, 11.02 PMby melonhead

    I love this! It’s simply GORGEOUS!

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    Feb 10, 2010, 08.06 PMby assets

    I love it well done

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    Feb 10, 2010, 06.26 PMby nenasew

    I had not seen this infinity dress pattern before but thank you for the introduction. This is breathtaking. Absolutely gorgeous.

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    Feb 10, 2010, 06.05 PMby badyan

    Beautiful! So simple and so elegant! Is there any tutorial on the web on how to tie the dress? I suppose there are thousands of ways but I´d appreciate some inspiration.

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    Feb 10, 2010, 05.53 PMby roor

    How can something so beautiful be so easy to make!!??

    Well done!

    Amazing dress!

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