Maak me hoe je maar wil: luchtig voor op het strand, zacht en romantisch, stoer met een shirt eronder. Wat jij maar wil.
Het patroon is inclusief 1 cm seam allowance (zo ver moet je van elke rand af naaien).
Some things to do before you start:
- Set up your space, get a drink, put on some music (check out our makers playlist!).
- We always recommend to wash your fabric before sewing because otherwise it might shrink later in the laundry.
Cut the pattern in your size.
If you're taller than 170 cm, cut the front en back piece a bit longer. When your dress is almost done you can shorten the dress how you like it.
Lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric, pin and cut. Make sure you fold the fabric where needed (as you can see on the pattern pieces). Normally the pieces fit best on the fabric like this:
Pay attention: make small cuts where indicated, they will help you align the pieces later.
We're gonna start with making the straps.
Fold te pieces right sides together, lengthwise. Pin and sew together. Remember: 1 cm seam allowance.
Now cut away excess fabric.
Then attach a safety pin on one side (tip: use some tape so it doesn't open while inside) and turn them inside out.
We're now gonna use the iron. We recommend using a scrap piece to test the temperature. Use water to iron (I use a plant spray).
Now iron the straps flat. Then sew closely to the edge (do this carefully).
Place the straps on the front facing, good side facing you. Then sew them to it.
Put the facing pieces on each other, right sides facing each other. Pin the sides and sew together. Zigzag to finish.
Now we're gonna finish the bottom of the facing. Fold the facing 2 cm up and iron. Pin and sew in place with a zigzag stitch.
Why we do this: a rolled hem would be cleaner but thicker, so it will be visible when wearing the dress. We don't want this! This is the flattest option.
Put the front and back on each other, right sides facing together. Pin and sew together along the sides. Zigzag to finish.
Now put the back facing on the back body and sew the back neckline. Leave openings where the straps will be.
Make small cuts in the invisible hems on the inside where the fabric curves.
Why we do this: try turning the dress good side out without cutting, you'll see :) The fabric tends to pull itself up if you don't do this.
Turn the dress right side out.
Pin the straps in place. Try the dress to see how long or short you want the straps to be.
Put the straps in the holes on the desired length. Pin in place and sew.
Try on the dress again. How cool does it already look? Choose how long you want it. Remind you need to leave 2 cm for the hem. Cut if you want to shorten it (like me).
Turn the body right side out. Put the front facing part on the front body neckline, right side facing the body.
Sew from armpit to armpit. Make sure the seams match!
Now we're gonna make a rolled hem. Pay attention! Even if you know how to do a rolled hem, this will be tricky because this edge is a bit curvy.
First fold the bottom up 1cm and iron well.
Why we do this: when you do want to hem a curved edge it's important to make the hem very thin, not sew multiple folds in one time and iron well in between. That's why we first do a zigzag to secure the first fold.
Now fold the edge one more time, as tight to the zigzag as possible. Iron and sew (align the fabric to the foot side again).
Iron the neckline.
You can leave it like this, but I like to sew the neckline to keep it all in place.
Optional for the perfectionists: make a small hand stitch on the inside to secure the facing to the hem of the body. So it doesn't creep up!
Wow, you did it. Do a little dance!
We'd love to see your end result, please send us a picture on Instagram (can also be dm, we won't share it if you don't want to)!