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The Loveliest Summer Dress You Will Ever Need!
We were inspired to make this dress by a movie we watched a couple months ago called the One-Hundred Foot Journey. We really loved the movie and fell in love with Marguerite's dresses. They were so simple and pretty we knew we had to have one, so we made one and here's a tutorial!

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  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 1
    Step 1

    To cut out the two bodice pieces measure the distance in between your shoulders in inches, adding in one or two inches just in case of difficulties later. You can always trim it down if it is too big. Then measure from the top of your shoulder to your natural waist line with an extra inch for seam allowances. Mine turned out about 21" by 15"

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 2
    Step 2

    Then cut out two pieces using those measurements

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 3
    Step 3

    I then found a shirt with a neckline I really liked to use as a pattern for the dress neckline. I folded the bodice fabric in half and marked the middle with a pin then lined up the middle of my shirt neckline with the pin and traced the neckline onto the fabric with a pen.

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 4
    Step 4

    Repeat with the other bodice piece then cut it out.

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 5
    Step 5

    The lining on this dress is optional but I put one in because the fabric I had chosen was a little bit too light and thin to go without. If you choose to line the dress just repeat the steps we just used to cut out the outer bodice on a lining fabric

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 6
    Step 6

    Then pin the top edge of the lining and bodice together right sides together and sew or serge. Then turn right sides out and iron thoroughly.
    Repeat with the other bodice and lining piece.

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 7
    Step 7

    Then put your two bodice pieces right sides together and sew the shoulder seams.

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 8
    Step 8

    At this point it should start to look like the ugliest poncho you have ever seen. Don't lose faith. It gets better, I promise. :)

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 9
    Step 9

    Then measure how far down from your shoulder you want your sleeve opening to come. Mine turned out to be about 10 inches with the seam allowance included.

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 10
    Step 10

    Take that measurement and double it. Then cut out two pieces of fabric that are 1 1/4 inches by whatever your measurement was. So mine was 20 inches by 1 and a quarter inches. Then cut out two lining pieces using the same measurements. These will be your sleeve cuffs.

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 11
    Step 11

    Sew the outer fabric and the lining fabric right sides together then turn right sides out and iron thoroughly.

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 12
    Step 12

    Then sew or serge the unfinished edges so that it is a little easier to work with.

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 13
    Step 13

    Take the cuff and fold it in half lengthwise and mark the middle with a pin. Then put the right side of the cuff to the wrong part of the bodice piece lining up the middle of the cuff to the shoulder seam. The serged seam of the cuff should be lined up to the serged edge of the bodice except for the last two inches of each side where the cuff should gradually angle out and over the bodice seam. Then sew along the bodice seam, and fold to the outside and iron really well.

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 14
    Step 14

    Then sew one of the side seams together but leave the other alone, that one will have a zipper.

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 15
    Step 15

    Now we need to make a waistband. Cut out a strip of fabric that is your waist measurement (plus an inch for seam allowance) by 3 inches. Then use that piece of fabric for a pattern for your lining piece. Sew these two pieces of fabric together along one of the long sides, right sides together, then turn right sides out and iron well. You are basically doing the same thing you did to make the cuffs. Just a little bigger.
    Then sew a gathering stitch all the way along the bottom edge of the bodice, and gather the bodice until it is the same length as your waist measurement. Then sew the waistband to the bodice, right sides together.

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 16
    Step 16

    It should finally start to look like an actual bodice now.

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 17
    Step 17

    To cut out your skirt, measure your waist and multiply it by 2 and a half, then measure from your natural waist to just below your knee adding an inch or two for the hem allowance. Then gather the top edge of your skirt piece until it is your actual waist size.

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 18
    Step 18

    Then sew it and the bodice waistband together right sides together.

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 19
    Step 19

    Then iron and sew your hem.

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 20
    Step 20

    Now I am simply attaching a tutorial for how to put in a zipper because I can install a zipper but it is beyond my abilities to explain how I get it done!
    http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/02/couture-sewing-techniques/

  • How to sew a gathered dress. Sun Dress Tutorial - Step 21
    Step 21

    Iron it well and then you are finished!

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Regina K.
Regina K. · Thisted, North Denmark Region, DK · 5 projects
You got the bodice measurement from your shoulders, did you not measure for the bust at all? Or did you double check and know there was enough room for the bust? Such a cute dress! I want to try it out but that part really confused me.
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Edward J.
Edward J.
I will definitely try to do it myself, it looks amazing!
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