Today I am beyond excited to be participating in Melly Sews’ Thirty Days of Sundresses. For the entire month of June, Melissa has people creating tutorials and patterns to inspire people to sew their own sundresses this summer! Oh! And she has a giveaway going on HERE that you may want to enter 😉
Let’s get started.
First, you’ll want to click here to download The Boat Club Dress + Swimsuit Coverup. This is a one-size pattern that fits most, sizes small to large.
S U P P L I E S
-1 1/2 yards of 54″-60″ wide knit fabric. This tutorial is made using a knit (found here)
-1 package of 1/4″ knit elastic
-Sewing machine and serger (optional)
-Ballpoint needle (be sure to use a zig zag or stretch stitch when working with knits)
S T E P O N E
-Paste together pattern pieces and then cut them out of the paper. Cut fabric according to the pattern pieces.
-Also cut one strip of fabric that is 2″ x WOF.
-A 1/2″ seam allowance is used throughout this pattern unless otherwise noted.
S T E P T W O
Place back bodice pice right side up and the two bodice front pieces right side down. Match the shoulder and side seams and pin in place. Sew along the shoulder seams and the side seams. Be sure to leave the arm hole unsewn. Finish these seams with a serger or zig zag stitch and press to one side.
S T E P T H R E E
Take the long 2″ strip and fold it in half wrong sides together lengthwise. Starting at the waist point of the bodice front, pin all raw edges together. Pin up that side, around the neck, and down the other side. Sew in place.
S T E P F O U R
Finish this raw edge with a serger or zig zag stitch and press the seam allowance towards the wrong side of the fabric.
S T E P F I V E
Match the notches on the bodice front pieces and baste these two pieces together.
S T E P S I X
Take your two skirt pieces and match them up right sides together. Pin and sew the side seams in place. Finish the seams and press toward one side.
S T E P S E V E N
Place the bodice inside the skirt with right sides facing. Match the side seams, pin and sew all the way around using a 3/4″ seam allowance. Finish this seam.
S T E P E I G H T
Press this seam allowance down towards the skirt and sew a scant 1/4″ seam across the bottom of the seam allowance to create a casing. Leave a 2″ opening along the back of the dress.
S T E P N I N E
Measure around your waist with your 1/4″ elastic to see how much elastic you need. This measurement is up to you.. I suggest using your measurement minus 2″-3″.
Using a safety pin attached to one end of the elastic, push your elastic through the opening on the casing of the dress. Be careful not to twist your elastic. When you’ve pushed it all the way around, overlap the two pieces of elastic and sew over them using a zig zag stitch. Finish the casing so there is no hole.
S T E P T E N
Hem the armhole and bottom hem as you’d like OR just leave them raw; you’ve sewn this with a knit, so no raveling involved! Admire your beautiful dress and hop over to the pool and grab yourself a drink with a cute little umbrella straw 😉
*Note: When you try on your dress, see where the two bodice fronts overlap and pin in place. If you desire, you can stitch in the ditch a tiny seam across the point where they overlap to secure in place.