This dress is simple with an empire waist, ruffled hemline, and braided neckline. It is light and comfortable, perfect for summer.
-2 yards of fabric (maybe more depending on how tall you are)
-1/4 inch elastic
***Make sure to finish off all your seams with a serger or zig zag stitch.
MAKING YOUR PATTERN:
1. Start by taking some measurements. You will need to measure the length of the skirt portion of the dress. Start underneath your bust line and measure to the length you desire leaving at least 6 inches for the bottom ruffle. Remember to add 2 inches for hem lines. Then measure around under the rib line where your skirt will begin. Add 3 inches to the width for gathering and seams. Then you will measure the bottom portion of your skirt. My skirt portion was 37" long by 26" wide at the bottom. Fold your fabric in half and cut your skirt pieces starting at the top of your skirt and diagonally cutting to the bottom of your skirt. Then cut a second piece that matches the first.
2. Now cut the bottom ruffle. 2 rectangle pieces 8"x53".
3. Next you will make the bodice portion. I used a tank top. The length was 8 inches (again up to you). The back side is just a rectangle the same height as the front starting under the arm.
Here are your 2 pieces.
4. Now cut 3 long strips 1 1/2" wide. Pin at the end and braid all the strips together. I didn't measure the length I just wanted to make sure I had enough for 2 braids around the front neckline and 2 braids crossing in the back.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:
1. Sew your bodice pieces together at the side seams RST using a 1/2" seam. Now sew all the piping around the top of the dress. I started with the middle of the neckline. Then I added it under the arms and across the back piece of the bodice.
4. Now you can finish the top. Find the middle of the bodice front and pin your braid in place under the piping. Then take your second row of braid and pin underneath the top row tucking the ends underneath the top row. **I sealed the ends of the 2nd braid with a zig zag stitch or serger. Now sew the two ends together just to hold them in place. Using liquid stitch I glued the braids to the top of the bodice.
I like the stretch and the extra tummy room but this dress will be great for even after the baby comes.Thanks for having me Melly I sure do enjoy Summer Sundresses.