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Lovely summer dress - Skater style :)
I saw these sort of dresses in the shops recently and decided to try to make one for myself :)

I bought this piece of purple marl jersey fabric off ebay for just £2.75
and when it arrived I thought it was perfect to make this dress.

Posted by Sarah P. from Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom • Published See Sarah P.'s 8 projects »
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  • How to make a sleeved dress. Purple Summer Skater Dress - Step 1
    Step 1

    1. Cut the "skirt" piece.

    I measured 19" down - I am very short ;)
    The length of the piece was about 1.5 meters, but it just depends how gathered you want it to be.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Purple Summer Skater Dress - Step 2
    Step 2

    2. Cut the "top" piece.

    Grab the left over fabric and a t-shirt. Roughly draw around the t-shirt, missing out the sleeves.
    You will need to draw around the front - sketching out a neckline and then sketch out the back of the t-shirt.
    Then cut the 2 "top" pieces out.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Purple Summer Skater Dress - Step 3
    Step 3

    3. Sleeves

    Using one of the "top" pieces, draw a "sleeve" from the arm hole. Make the sleeve a little longer so you can fold the edge over later on.

    Cut out 4 of these "sleeve" pieces

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Purple Summer Skater Dress - Step 4
    Step 4

    4. You should now have something like this cut out.

    1x front 1x back 4x sleeves

    1x skirt piece

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Purple Summer Skater Dress - Step 5
    Step 5

    5. Sew the sleeves

    With the wrong side together, pin the sleeve as shown. Repeat with other sleeve. Sew.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Purple Summer Skater Dress - Step 6
    Step 6

    6. Sew the "top"

    With the wrong sides together, pin the "top" pieces as shown. Sew.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Purple Summer Skater Dress - Step 7
    Step 7

    7. Attach the sleeves

    With the top inside out, pin the sleeves onto the armholes. The sleeve should be placed inside the top, with the sleeve edge and armhole edge pinned together.

    Make sure to align the seams when pinning. Sew.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Purple Summer Skater Dress - Step 8
    Step 8

    8. You should now have something that looks like this :)

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Purple Summer Skater Dress - Step 9
    Step 9

    9. Gather the skirt

    I hand stitched the gathering on mine, but you can do it by machine. Try to even out the gathers and pin onto the top.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Purple Summer Skater Dress - Step 10
    Step 10

    10. Attach skirt to top

    Sew the gathered skirt onto the top keeping the gathers even as you go along.

    Turn right side out and you should have something like this.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Purple Summer Skater Dress - Step 11
    Step 11

    11. Sew back seam

    Pin the back seam of the skirt together and sew.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Purple Summer Skater Dress - Step 12
    Step 12

    12. Hem

    Turn inside out and iron over the bottom of the skirt and pin. Sew.

    Iron the edge of the neckline over in the same way. Sew.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Purple Summer Skater Dress - Step 13
    Step 13

    13. Folding sleeves up.

    Fold the sleeves up, iron and pin. Sew across just the top and the bottom of the sleeve to keep folded.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Purple Summer Skater Dress - Step 14
    Step 14

    14. Make the waist drawstring

    Fold over the edge of a piece of left over fabric. Sew as close to the edge as possible. Cut the left over fabric as close to the sewed edge as possible

    Sew the ends down and iron.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Purple Summer Skater Dress - Step 15
    Step 15

    15. Finished! :)

    Try on the dress and tie the drawstring around you waist.

    Great!

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Tracy J.
Tracy J. · Lincoln, GB · 5 projects

Very nice :)

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lotusbomb
lotusbomb · , , · 26 projects

cute!

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Sarah P.
Sarah P. · Worcestershire, England, GB · 9 projects

Thankyou! :) I used 1.5m x 1m, but I had a little left as I am quite small

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Kelsey B.
Kelsey B. · Monterey, California, US · 12 projects

How much fabric did you use? This is lovely!

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Jolanda
Jolanda · , Noord-holland, Netherlands · 54 projects

Looks really Nice!

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