Added Mar 17, 2009
This dress is actually very simple. I traced the top part from a T-shirt, and that’s the only part of the dress that used some kind of patterns. The cape/sleeves is just a long rectangle, about as long as the cut I had (about 2 meters), then I gathered one long side and sew it to the neckline of the dress. The other long side is fabric selvedge so I didn’t need to stitch it. The bottom part of the dress is a bigger rectangle sewed into a tube and gathered to meet the top part. And since the fabric is stretchy, I don’t need any zippers or fastening. Well, that’s about it.
Now we move to the fun part, wearing it! I’m so happy that this dress can be worn in several ways. I can let the cape down and have some kind of drapey sleeves, or put it back to have a sleeveless dress with gathered cape falling on my back. The cape can also be tied or put around my head. I love my little black dress!
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