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Topic: Ridiculously easy american apparel knit tube dress (with tutorial!)  (Read 44401 times)
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« on: August 16, 2006 06:59:01 PM »

Here is myridiculously easy american apparel knit tube dress

I saw this dress at AA:


and after a quick inspection I noticed that it was simply a rectangle with four seams! So I ran home (slight exaggeration) and whipped this up in about 40 minuntes, including cutting (which always takes me forever, due to my perfectionism).

Looks good with pants too!

here's a closeup of the off-shoulder bit:

I used a knit material that was on sale from fabricland for something ridiculously cheap like $1.50/metre. And it took less than a metre to make this dress, so you do the math! suuuuure beats $26 US!

Here's a simple tut for you...

Its just a rectangle with the sides sewn up and space left for the arm. Then sew in two inches at both ends of the short side of the rectangle to make the shoulder seam, and you're done! you might want to play around with the dimensions according to your body type (I'm a size small) but I made the armholes nine inches and the width is about 17 inches across and the length is around 36 inches. I also found it really helpful to make a fabric sandwich, then cut the two pieces together so that they'd match up perfectly. knits can be a little finicky and shift around so this makes it easier. Also, you want to make sure that you cut the rectangle so that the neckline will curl outwards and the armholes curl inwards .

comments are welcome and appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2006 07:07:09 PM »

thats so cute, i love it, thanks for the tut. Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2006 07:45:06 PM »

Wow! That DOES look ridiculoulsly easy! You did a good job on it. I like that style and yes, I will try it!

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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2006 07:58:58 PM »

that looks awesome on you and so easy to do too! what a great way to save money Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2006 07:59:54 PM »

that's really cute

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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2006 08:06:49 PM »

Sharp!  I actually like it more as a tunic-length top than I do as a dress (but both are cute, obviously).  You;ve got a lot of options with this piece.  Great job! Cheesy
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2006 08:10:18 PM »

Great job - it looks so "in" with the pants!

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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2006 08:56:31 PM »

that's so funny, i was thinking the exact same thing today. and i think yours looks even better.
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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2006 11:48:48 PM »

i think it looks great!
and thanks also for the tutorial!

i do have a question though: what exactly did you mean by cutting the rectangle so the neckline curls outwards and the armholes inwards? i understand the curling direction part, but how can you specify which direction the fabric curls?

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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2006 12:20:09 AM »

OMG! i just made an american apperal rip off dress too and it, as well, was insanely easy to make (took me 5 mins or less) it was only 2 side seams and hole for your head but it came out amazingly cute!
yours looks great on you!

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