Tutorial: Chevron Dress

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

DIY Dress

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Other good fabric options might be Cotton Lycra or Double Brushed Poly. Make sure to check out our Double Brushed Poly Sewing and Purchasing Guide.
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.
ย 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.
ย 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
ย 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
ย 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.
ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚
7. With RST sew up the shoulder seams.
ย 8. I finished my neckline with a simple facing.
Attached with RST
ย Turned and topstitched
ย 9. With RST sew up the side seams and then hem your sleeves.

10. Attach to your skirt ๐Ÿ™‚ I like to use a bit of elastic in this seam to add some stability.ย 

Happy Sewing ๐Ÿ™‚

14 Responses

  1. I love the colors in this fabric. What a great look! Can you tell me how you add elastic to your waist seam. I always end up adding a casing because I’m not exactly sure how comfortable the elastic would be on the inside or where exactly it should go. Thanks!

    1. I just layer my 2 fabrics with right sides together and the put the elastic against the wrong side of one of the layers. Then you can flip the seam allowance over so the elastic is hidden. You can topstitch the seam allowance in place with a zig-zag or double needle or just leave it as-is ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope that helps!

  2. Oh my gosh, what a great tutorial! The dress came out so cute! I love how you finished the neckline, seems so much easier than other ways to do it

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