Who doesn’t need a billowing dress made for a dreamy summer day? Here is an easy pattern that can quickly be stitched together. Best worn for pretty promenades and all those romantic meetings on the terrace.
key: —O— right side / O—O wrong side
TIP: To make your dress more attractive and give it a light romantic touch, add a lace band on the outside, running along the waistband.
—From Sweat Shop Paris by Martena Duss & Sissi Holleis/Andrews McMeel Publishing
The Sweat Shop Book brings the namesake Paris Sweat Shop founded by Martena Duss and Sissi Holleis to North America with more than 50 DIY fashion and home projects, including instructions and more than 200 helpful, inspiring full-color photographs. The first "cafe couture" sewing shop in Paris, the Sweat Shop was named to highlight the questionable nature in which store-bought clothing is sometimes made. Instead of rewarding dubious labor practices, the Sweat Shop and The Sweat Shop Book inspire crafters to make something unique with their own sweat equity and creativity. Crafters meet at the cafe and share ideas while renting equipment by the hour. In addition, classes teach novices how to sew, knit, crochet, and much more. Translating the Sweat Shop experience into boo...© 2013 Martena Duss / Andrews McMeel Publishing · Reproduced with permission.
Overlock each fabric piece. Fold the front shoulder pleats (fig 1),
and the back shoulder pleats (fig 2).
Fold over the fabric after the lip, wrong sides facing (fig 3).
Stitch lengthwise, across the pleats, taking a 7-mm (¼-in) seam allowance (fig 4).
Place the two shoulder pieces together, right sides facing, fold on top of fold, and stitch, taking a 1-cm (3/8-in) seam allowance (fig 5).
Right sides facing, pin and stitch the sides of the bodice, taking a 1-cm (3/8-in) seam allowance (fig 6).
Overlock the edges of the neckline, the armhole, and the hem of the skirt. Fold the hem up 7mm (¼ in) and stitch along the edge 5mm (3/16 in) from the fold (fig 7).
Wrap the skirt closed, lining up the folding lines, and stitch along the overlapped section of fabric with a 5-mm (3/16 -in) seam allowance (fig 8).
Lay the skirt inside the tube of the bodice, right sides together. Pin and then stitch all along the edge, taking a 1-cm (3/8-in) seam allowance (fig 9).
Pin the elastic around the seam joining the bodice and the skirt. Stitch along the center seam, pulling the elastic as you go so that the fabric lies flat (fig 10).