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The Perfect Chambray Dress Sewing Tutorial

Created By:

Merrick White

Skill Level: Intermediate

"A good chambray dress has been on my wish list for ages. I wanted one that could be dressed up and dressed down, easy to layer, long enough that I can run and play while staying modest and wasn't see-through so that I could wear it during the summer without any layers underneath. Was that too much to ask? Apparently, because I have been searching for a long time to no avail. But then this week, I remembered a few yards of chambray I had picked up at the LA fabric district last year and had nothing better to do one night at midnight than to whip it up into a dress. It turned out that starting a dress at midnight wasn't the best idea, but I got a new favorite dress out of it so I'm saying it is worth it." - Merrick

Janome Supplies Required
  • 1 1/2 yards of chambray
  • Matching thread
Fabric and Notions Required

Chambray & Thread

Instructions

1. First, cut your pattern pieces. You'll need a BODICE FRONT (cut on the folded edge), 2 BODICE BACK pieces, NECKLINE LINING (cut 2), 2 SLEEVES (cut along the folded edge) and 2 rectangular pieces for your SKIRT. The length will depend on your preference. Find the width by measuring your natural waist, dividing that number in half, and then multiplying it by 1.5. Each of your two SKIRT pieces should be this width, so the TOTAL circumference of your skirt, once it's sewn together, is 1.5 times the circumference of your natural waist.

2. Sew darts into your BODICE FRONT piece. I added bust and center waist darts -- you can do however many you need for the perfect bodice fit. 

3. Sew the BODICE FRONT and two BODICE BACK pieces together at the shoulder seams (with right sides together).

4. Now it's time to attach the sleeves. Line up the top of the sleeve with the bodice shoulder seam (as shown) with right sides together. Pin in place.

5. Continue pinning the sleeve to the bodice and then sew along the arm hole with a straight stitch. Repeat for the second sleeve.

6. With right sides together, sew the sides of the bodice up with a straight stitch.

7. Sew the two neckline pieces together to form an "O," and then attach the NECKLINE LINING to the BODICE neckline with a straight stitch (there's a more detailed illustration and instruction for this step over here). Then tuck the lining inside the neckline, press flat, and stitch around the neckline with a wide stitch to hold the lining underneath.

8. Take your two SKIRT pieces and sew them together at the side seams, then cut down the middle of the back skirt piece so it's open like the back of the bodice (This is where your zipper will go).

9. Sew around the entire circumference of the skirt with a basting stitch and then gather it until it matches the width of the bodice. Make sure to spread your gathers evenly. 

10. Pin the skirt to the bodice with right sides together, as shown. Sew across the entire waistline, attaching the skirt to the bodice.

11. Insert your zipper following the instructions on the package and then sew up the remaining opening of the dress. Finally, hem the bottom of the dress and the sleeves to your desired length, press all your seams, and you're done!

Click here to follow Merrick's full tutorial.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
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Fun Great Gift!
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Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
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