In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m slightly obsessed with sewing clothes right now. One of my favorite things to sew is dresses. I love my circle skirt dress, my tank dress is so comfy, and who doesn’t love a polka dot dress? I used the same pattern as the polka dot dress, the Out and About Dress by Sew Caroline and made a sleeveless dress for summer.
I love this dress! It’s so lightweight and perfect for summer! I love it so much I’ve since made another one! And I can look fashionable and be comfortable at the same time! The pattern doesn’t include instructions for a sleeveless option, but it’s a quick modification of trimming the shoulders and adding bands to the arms.
Another modification I made was to make a narrower skirt and to gather the skirt with elastic! Instead of using the pattern piece for the skirt I used the width of the fabric and cut it in half to make a front and back skirt. This was super helpful for lining up my stripes! And it was perfect for the elastic gathering method. So, let me show you how I did it, so you can, too.
So here’s my bodice and my skirt. I needed to make the skirt the same width of the bodice.
I grabbed some 1/4″ elastic and pulled it a few times to loosen it up, then cut it to the same length as the bodice piece.
I folded my skirt in half and marked the center.
And folded it in half again to mark the quarters.
I did the same to the elastic, then matched up the marked spots on the skirt with the elastic and pinned in place on the wrong side of the fabric.
Take it over the sewing machine and stitch the elastic to the skirt stretching the elastic as you sew, using a zig zag stitch.
Your skirt is now the same length as your bodice! Now you can sew/serge the two together!
Now you have a beautifully gathered skirt! This makes for a very even gather and you don’t have to worry about pulling threads and adjusting.
After wearing this the other day and being so comfortable, and stylish and getting several compliments on the dress I had to whip up another one. And I wouldn’t be surprised if a few more ended up in my closet. Cute, comfy, everyday dresses are a summer wardrobe staple!
I really wish I had another picture to show you again how cute this dress is, but I took the pictures with my remote shutter and I’m out of focus on the other 30 pictures I took. 😉