I’m so excited to be part of the Summer Sun Dress series again! And this time I used it as an excuse to do a bit of selfish sewing
I am in love with how this dress turned out! It pushed my stripe matching to the limit but the finished chevron effect is well worth it. Not to mention that it’s just about the most comfortable dress I own so it’s sure to get a lot of use this summer.
Make sure you don’t miss the other fun dresses this month!
Let’s get started!
I used 1.5 yards for a size xs. My stripe pattern was fairly hard to match up so it hogged my fabric quite a bit. Depending on your size and stripe pattern you’ll probably want closer to 2-3 yards. It’s always better to have a bit extra right???
I made mine from a fun lightweight knit from the Michael Levine Loft in L.A. I definitely need to get back there again! This dress cost about $2
1. Make a pattern for your skirt piece. Measure yourself from the natural waist down to where you’d like the dress to hit (you may need a helper) and then add in a seam allowance and hem allowance. Measure your waist, divide by 4 and add a seam allowance to one side to get the width at the top of the skirt piece and then angle outward in a slight angle.
Lay your piece out on the bias so the stripes will be angled upward towards the center front instead of downwards.
2. Now flip your piece over so you can cut out a mirror image from the other side of the skirt. My fabric was sheer enough that I could see through it to get everything lined up which was super helpful. The stripes should line up around all edges but especially pay attention to the center front and side seam.
3. Repeat to cut another left and right. You can see it took a bit of tricky positioning to figure out where to put my pieces.
4. With right sides together (RST) sew the 2 front pieces together down the center front seam. Make sure you use a lot of pins and keep those stripes lined up. Repeat for the back.
The 1st portion of your chevron is now taking shape
5. With RST sew the front and back together along the side seams again making sure to keep the stripes lined up. Hem and set aside
6. For the top of the dress I did a simple dolman shape and used my Casual Lady dress as a guide. I did add a bit to the sleeves this time around.
I accidentally made the shoulder seams a bit too sharp of an angle and had to go back and fit it later. Don’t do that
7. With RST sew up the shoulder seams.
8. I finished my neckline with a simple facing.
Attached with RST
Turned and topstitched
9. With RST sew up the side seams and then hem your sleeves.
10. Attach to your skirt I like to use a bit of elastic in this seam to add some stability.