This pattern was so easy I finished it in about 2 days. I would have finished it sooner were I not so lazy and easily distracted. And I would have posted it yesterday but I waited too long to take pictures.
This is a one shoulder dress that hits at the knee made with a lovely purple super soft organic jersey. Inside the bodice is elastic at the top to keep everything in place. Also, because the front and the back are identical you can wear the dress on either shoulder.
I love knit fabrics because they don’t require darts or zippers and the garments are so comfy. Seriously, if you’ve ever been too afraid to work with knit you should try it. It will change your sewing life forever!
Click to Download the PDF Pattern. You will then print out all the pieces and tape them together matching notches. Make sure you print WITHOUT scaling. Included is a 4in x 4in test square to make sure and there is also a little diagram of what the pieces should look like when taped together. Then cut out your size. I listed the finished garment size and you should choose the size that is closest to your body measurements. Unlike woven fabrics you don’t have to add much ease with knits as the knit will stretch to fit your curves. I used the medium size.
Tip: I found this amazing post about many different ways to get a pattern to fit you just right. From short waists to wide shoulders to a large bust to big armholes (that’s my issue!) – you can use the tips to fix so many little fitting issues. It is written mainly for woven fabrics but many points are usable for knits as well. Very helpful!
Note: For the elastic I have included some rough measurements. However you should really measure the elastic against your body to be sure it isn’t too tight or too loose. Wrap the elastic from under your arm, over your shoulder, and back. Where the elastic meets add an inch for overlap when you sew the ends together and there you have your amount. It should be close to the guidelines listed on the pattern.
The Pattern includes these instructions but not the pictures. The photos might be helpful when you make the dress so be sure to look them over.
Tip: I used a serger for this dress along with a stretch stitch on my sewing machine for the hem and bodice . A zig zag stitch on your machine is a perfect alternative.
1. You have cut four pieces for the Bodice. One set of two corresponding pieces will be the Inside and the other set the Outside.
2. Right sides facing stitch the two pieces of the Inside. together at the shoulders. Do the same for the Outside pieces. To help reinforce the shoulder you can sew Stay Tape into the seam. The stay tape will help keep the seam from stretching.
3. Pair the Inside and Outside together, right sides facing, matching shoulder seam and raw edges. Pin together.
Stitch pieces together along the chest/back edge and along the armhole.
4. Pin side seams of bodice together with right sides of Outside facing and right sides of Inside facing.
5. Turn bodice right side out. Press down chest/back and armhole seams.
6. Insert elastic through the side up along the chest/back seam, through the shoulder and back to the other side. Overlap the two ends of the elastic 1/2 inch and stitch together.
7. The elastic will sit along the chest/back seam. To enclose the elastic stitch 3/4 in away from the edge of the chest/back seam.
8. For the Skirt match up raw edges of the two skirt pieces and stitch up both sides.
Gather along the top edge of the skirt. Note: This skirt is very lightly gathered – like hardly any gathering at all. You’ll notice this when you attach it to the bodice.
Matching side seams pin together the bottom of the bodice and the top of the skirt with right sides facing. Stitch.
Hem the bottom of the skirt.
If you have any comments, suggestions, questions, please send me an email or leave a comment. As always I’m trying to improve my pattern making.