- 1.25 yds. fabric
- 24″ of 1/2-inch elastic
- serger/sewing machine
- blouson or loose fitting dress to trace
1. Because I didn’t have a pattern for the dress I wanted to make, I needed to find one. I have a maxi dress that I love and that fits similarly to how I wanted this dress to fit. I grabbed it and used it as my pattern for cutting my fabric. The dress I traced has dolman sleeves, meaning the sleeves are not separate pieces of fabric from the body. It has only front and back pieces of fabric for its construction, which was perfect for me. I didn’t want to mess with sewing in sleeves if I didn’t have to. I traced around the top half of the dress, cutting the sleeves into short sleeves and the skirt of the dress into a mid-length rather than a full maxi. I planned on adding elastic to the waist to create the blouson look, so really any loose-fitting dress would have worked. As I cut, I added about an inch of seam allowance just to be extra careful.
2. Once the dress was cut out, I folded it in half to be sure the sleeves and the edges all matched up. I trimmed wherever they weren’t exactly matching. I also cut out a 2.5-inch wide strip that was twice as long as the width of the dress’ waist. It was about 24 inches long.
13. With the dress inside out again, I very carefully and slowly used a straight stitch around the hem of each opening. I stitched as close to the edge as possible while keeping them turned under twice.
After I trimmed the excess threads, I turned the dress back right side out again and gave it a good press. And that was it! Although it looks like a lot of photos and steps, this dress really wasn’t hard to make at all! The blouson top is extremely forgiving for different sewing skill levels and on different figures. I would and will make this dress again and am very happy with how it turned out.