I cannot take the credit for this simple but popular dress style but I love making this easy to sew pattern and I have often made it up for customers when they present me with pretty fabric they do not know what to do with.
You can dress the style up or down, wear it by itself to the beach or with a other clothing and heels out somewhere special. I often wear this style with additional layers by adding another dress or skirt underneath. They take approximately half an hour to make and you literally can just about use any summer weight fabric to make them.
For this project I am using a table cloth that really didn't match our décor. I don't really know where it came from but there is enough fabric for two summer dresses - one for me and one to give away.
Fabric - At least 150cm wide fabric - decide the length to suit your preference
Ribbon or any piece of fabric that does not fray for the straps cut to approximately 4cm wide
A safety pin or hair clip to thread the straps through the casings
One Size fits Most
Once you have cut your armhole shapes out - turn your stitch dial to the zig zag stitch and set it to the tightest but widest stitch available and stitch along all your cut edges. Around the armhole turn your fabric to the inside of the garment and straight stitch the zig zagged edge down as shown to give a neat edge.
Decide what you would like to use as straps and thread it through the casings using either a safety pin or a hair clip. For the garment I am wearing I reused some ribbon and the garment below I used a piece of non fray scrap fabric cut to approximately 3cm in width.
Options for inserting the strapping include: One length of strapping through the front and back and tying to the side or two lengths of strapping and tying at both shoulders.
Another option is to feed the length of strapping through the back and half way into the front as I have done. For this you will need to cut a small hole in the fabric for the ties to come through to the front.
Once you have finished doing this push the fabric towards the centre of the strapping both at the front and back of the garment and adjusting the length of strapping at each shoulder.
Hem your garment if necessary - I didn't need to as I used machined edge of the original table cloth.
How to Win
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Giveaway runs until 19th January 2015.