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Topic: Tutorial: reversible, buttonless wrap dress  (Read 43766 times)
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hollyrh
« on: March 09, 2008 04:57:59 PM »

This is only the second dress I've made and the first tutorial! I actually was making a shopping bag using this tutorial:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0
and thought, hey, I wonder if I could make shoulder straps for a tanktop or dress using that technique!
My goal here was a dress for a friend's daughter that 1) was reversible 2) didn't include buttons on both sides b/c I thought that might be uncomfortable against baby skin 3) didn't require binding b/c I stink at that and 4) used up some cute fabric I've had forever. Of course, I turned out not to have enough fabric, so I had to buy this. ($2 a yard!)


1) Start with a basic A-line dress shape. I used McCall's 2213 and made the neck a bit rounder. I then drew a line to mark the shape of the cross-over panel. (I think you also could make the big piece the front of the dress and draw use a slightly different shape to make straps that cross over each other at the back of the dress)


2) Here's the two pieces you should have (you'll have to trace the back panel twice b/c you'll ruin it when you cut the cross-over panel piece)


3) Lay the side pieces of fabric A right sides together on the back panel and sew the side seams. Do the same for your second fabric.


4) Lay the pieces out flat, here's what you should have:


5) Pin the two pieces right sides together, with your ties sandwiched between the two layers on one side.  Sew around the whole thing except for the top of the shoulders, stopping about 1.5 inches from the end of the shoulders where marked and leaving an opening on one side for turning later. (if you were making cris-crossed straps, I think you'd stop at the opposite edge on the two outside edges but I'm not sure)


6) Turn right side out and press. Line up the shoulder seam by folding back the outer fabric and pin the inner fabric.


7) Sew along that edge, then keep going, matching the edges of the second fabric, so you're sewing along the other fabric as well. (here's the part that's hard to describe, you might want to refer to the shopping bag tutorial at the top for a better explanation/picture of this step) Basically you're sewing the shoulder seams and then tucking them in.


Cool Tuck the shoulder seams in, press and slipstitch the opening closed. Also, close up the opening you used for turning.


9) Figure out where you want the bow to end up and make two button holes, so you can thread one of the ties through to the inside and then back up to make the bow.
(I didn't do this right for my first example so here's another dress showing it)
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2008 05:03:20 PM »

Pretty,cute and clever!!
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2008 05:07:55 PM »

That is really cute!!!  My 2-year-old is on a dress kick right now (WILL NOT wear pants  Roll Eyes), and this seems really simple to do, your instructions/pictures are very clear.  Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2008 05:13:28 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2008 05:46:34 PM »

I love the two different fabrics together. You did a great job on this.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2008 05:56:27 PM »

Very cute! Grin Thanks for the tute too. I'll be bookmarking this for sure!
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2008 06:23:59 PM »

Great job and thanks for the tute.  I will be putting this on my to do list for sure! 
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2008 06:30:38 PM »

How awesome are you!?!?
Thank you for the very clear tut.
I think I have some fabric perfect for this dress
for my angelbaby! THANK YOU!! **hugs**
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2008 06:57:20 PM »

 Grin This is way too cute! Will have to try it out, after I fix stupid blank blank sewing machine. Angry
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2008 10:12:27 PM »

Looks good. want to sew one for my dd now..
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« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2008 04:17:18 AM »

Thanks a heap for the tute!
I have bookmarked it and will attempt it,
yours is very lovely!
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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2008 05:36:47 AM »

Very cute!  I have this bookmarked as well Smiley  Thanks!
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« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2008 06:10:04 AM »

thnks for this, i am forever trying to figure out how to do a reversible dress without stiches showing anywhere! Thanks so much for figuring this out!
Great job- the dress is adorable!
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« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2008 03:11:06 PM »

You seriously rock!  How unbelievably creative are you?  Adorable dress and thank you so much for the tut!
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« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2008 04:18:16 PM »

You are very clever to have transfered the dress from the tote tut!  Im impressed.  I USED to have a little one to sew for.....
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« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2008 10:47:05 PM »

This is so pretty!  Is there anyway you can translate how to use measurements or do you need to buy that pattern?
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« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2008 04:17:16 PM »

thanks for this dress
i  love it and will try
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« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2008 04:44:09 PM »

I can't wait to try this one for my daughter. Great Tute. Beautiful dress.
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« Reply #18 on: April 18, 2008 06:28:03 PM »

I love this dress!  Can't wait to try to make it.  Thanks for the tute!
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« Reply #19 on: April 18, 2008 06:57:13 PM »

I don't sew much.  I was wondering if there is much sagging of the inner front flap when worn seeing it doesn't have anything securing it on the inside only a tie on the outside.  Does that make sense?
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« Reply #20 on: April 18, 2008 07:01:19 PM »

I cant wait to make this for my niece. this idea is so great for messy little girls who need quick wardrobe changes.
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« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2008 12:15:22 PM »

I don't sew much.  I was wondering if there is much sagging of the inner front flap when worn seeing it doesn't have anything securing it on the inside only a tie on the outside.  Does that make sense?

That's a good question. I'm not sure since I made this and sent it to a friend. I'll ask her to send me a picture of the baby wearing it.
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« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2008 09:01:40 AM »

Perfect!  This is exactly what I've been looking for, and I'm going for my fabric now.  Will let you know how it turns out.  Thank you!!
Well done!  The fabric on the last one pictured is absolutely gorgeous, too.
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« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2009 07:43:24 AM »

Great job!!! thanks for the tut

How much fabric did you use for the size you made per side.  Does that make sense?  Huh  Like for the checker side how much fabric for your fill in the blank size did you buy?  So I can guess how much fabric for my DD's to buy.  Thanks for the help.
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« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2009 01:10:12 PM »

This is awesome!  DD will be getting one soon!
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« Reply #26 on: April 03, 2009 04:46:11 PM »

Can someone who has made this tell me whether there was a sagging issue? And tell me the should be totally obvious where to put the second tie?

 ;DNever mind I see how it works now. If I hadn't asked I would've been looking forever and not seeing it.
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« Reply #27 on: April 09, 2009 09:51:19 AM »

Also, fasteners are so expensive, but fabric can be had cheap - so this is great for when you want to make something inexpensive. Smiley  Thanks!
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« Reply #28 on: June 05, 2009 02:21:28 PM »

Great job!!! thanks for the tut

How much fabric did you use for the size you made per side.  Does that make sense?  Huh  Like for the checker side how much fabric for your fill in the blank size did you buy?  So I can guess how much fabric for my DD's to buy.  Thanks for the help.

I'm pretty sure I had half a yard of each fabric, but it was so long ago I'm not sure. sorry to not have better info!
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