So this April, my cousin is getting married (I can’t wait!!!!), and I’ve been looking around online for what I can wear to the wedding. I knew I wanted a mint colored floor length dress. All the ones that I saw were like $80……and remember my husband and I are trying to save money?? Yeaaah, so I can’t be spending that kind of money on dresses….unfortunately. I thought maybe I could make one, but couldn’t imagine making what I wanted for less than $80. So I came across THIS post (thank you sewlikemymom, I love, love, LOVE you!) and after looking through the tutorial, I came to the conclusion that I could SO make it, AND make it floor length! So I set out to find some stretchy mint colored fabric, and as luck as it, there it was!! In all it’s beautiful glory….and for less than $5/yard on sale!! You don’t understand…this kind of stuff just doesn’t happen to me! I was freakin’ ecstatic! I purchased 4 1/2 yards, and it was PERFECT. As I was sewing it, I just kept saying “please let this work out, this just seems too easy!” Well low and behold, when I turned my finished dress right side out, and put it over my head….I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER!!!!! I didn’t want to take it off!! I
was am obsessed with this dress…
When I say making this dress was insanely easy, I’m not exaggerating. If you have any basic knowledge of sewing, you can make this.
I’m not kidding.
I’m short, so you may need more fabric, if you’re making a floor length. I used 4 1/2 yards of a stretchy polyester fabric. You could use a light jersey knit, and really, and stretchy fabric (that looks the same on both sides and doesn’t fray) would work. What I did was, knowing that the straps should be 3 yards long, just added my length to that when I purchased it. Here’s what you need to cut: That’s it!
I started with the bottom. For the length, I measured from my waist to the floor ( I always add a little extra just to make sure). Then, I measured my waist, and then almost doubled it (you want enough extra so it gathers nicely). I sewed up the side, stretching the fabric a little as I went. Then, I wrapped elastic around my waist, and cut and sewed it together. Finally, I sewed the elastic to the top of the waist (stretching the elastic as I went to gather it).
Now onto the top! I started with the skirt on, and measured from the top of the skirt to where I wanted the band to come up to. You can make this wider or or thinner if you want, I just wanted it that wide so I can have the option to pull it up and cover my chest for better coverage for some of the different styles. I pinned and sewed up the one long side, turned it right side out, and folded it again so the seam was on the inside.
Finally! Attaching it all together! I overlapped the straps by 3 inches (because I’ve got a small, little chest). I’d say the bigger chested you are, the more you should overlap. I didn’t close the top, because I wanted to wait until it was sewn to the bottom. I put the seam in the middle, since it won’t be seen. Once I sewed it all together, I sewed up the side of the top. I needed to go inward a little towards the top so it would be snug, and then I cut the excess fabric away. That’s it, you’re all done!! If you have anyyyyy questions, just ask! Also, look at sewlikemymom‘s tutorial if any of mine is unclear. The only thing I did differently, was the bottom piece.
I started off by doing it somewhat like the first picture above, and then the straps kept falling down, so I changed it up a little, and ended up wearing it like this…
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