I know I’m not much of a pattern girl (patterns printed on fabric) when I’m sewing for myself, but stripes, they are a different story. They send my heart aflutter. I love their clean lines and simplicity.
I have a super simple summer dress tutorial for you, sewn out of the softest rayon knit fabric, in none other than stripes. In fact, Melissa has been rounding up summer dress tutorials all month long, leaving you with 30 + dresses to inspire you to pull out your sewing machine and make something great this summer!
Ready for the easy instructions! Here we go:
1. Grab your favorite tank top and trace around it on your fabric, adding 3/8 inch for seam allowance. Add length to make it a dress, and about 1 inch at your hips to give your hips some room! Do the same for the back.
*Stripe tip: to help match your stripes, place your tank top underarm at the same stripe for the front and back.
2. With right sides together, sew the front and back side seams. Sew the shoulder seams as well. Use either your serger or a knit stitch on your sewing machine.
*Stripe tip: to help match your stripes while sewing, pin, pin, and pin some more! Without pins, your fabric wants to move a little, and nothing is worse than stripes that are just barely off!
3. Finish off your neck and armhole openings. I used a knit binding method following this tutorial here!
That’s it. I left my dress hem unfinished, knowing I liked the casual look, but you could easily fold up the bottom hem one inch and stitch in place.
P.S. Melissa has a great giveaway here full of goodies!