To get the correct “V”, I marked where the “V” stops and then did a vertical, slanted line towards the shoulder seam.
For the keyhole in the back, I simply drew a oblong half-circle. I didn’t want to have a button and loop, so I extended the top of the dress to the edge of my paper.
*notice that all of these pattern pieces are to be placed on the fold*
Once all of your pattern pieces are traced, cut them out and place them on your fabric to be cut out. You’ll also want several little strips of fabric that go lengthwise WITH the stretch that are approximately 3/4″ wide.
The first thing you’ll sew is the shoulder seams. Match up your shoulders, with right sides together, and sew using your serger OR a ball-point needle and small zig zag stitch.
When the shoulder seams are sewn, use the same method to sew up the sides of the bodice. Then, you’ll sew up the side of your skirt.
Next, you’ll place the bodice piece (right side facing out) INSIDE the skirt piece. Line up the back seam of the skirt piece to the center back of your bodice piece. Make sure these pieces are right sides together, pin at the waist seam, and serge or sew.
Now all that’s left is finishing off those raw edges (arm holes, neck hole, back key hole). Take the strips you cut and (optional) serge one long edge. Match the other edge up with the raw edges of on of the arm holes. You’ll cut the strip at the length that is determined by the size of your armhole.
Sew or seger this piece on and repeat for the other three openings.
Next, you’ll flip that piece over on to the back side, pressing as you go to make clean edges, and stitch in place.
Again, you’ll repeat this for the other openings on your dress.
You can hem as you please, and go on your way!
If I ever figure out how to create patterns, I will definitely be making a style similar to this. It’s so easy to wear in Summer and transition it to fall with a blazer or cardigan. The possibilities are really endless!