I’m not really up on what’s in fashion, but I feel like this baggy, gathered style was/is more common as of late. Anyway, I just felt like making something different and had this lovely fabric kicking around.Tutorial:
1. Draft collar piece. Measure width of shoulders and make note. Measure length from top of shoulder (if wearing a t-shirt, use the seam there) to where you'd like the bottom of the collar to sit. Make note of measurement. Fold piece of paper (I use brown packaging paper) in half. Draw rectangle with half of width measurement and length (shoulder to scoop). Decide how thick/wide you would like the collar to be. (I chose 2" finished). Add 1/2" for seam allowances. (With fold to left side) Measure in from top right hand corner desired width and mark. Do the same from bottom left hand corner. Sketch appealing curve connecting marks. With ruler/measuring tape, mark out desired width at various points along curve. Connect these to get the bottom of the collar.
Cut out. Unfold.
2. Cut Pieces (about 2 1/2 yds of fabric and 1 yd of contrast, which also allowed enough for the belt):
Dress Fabric- With selvages together, mark desired length (I did one yard). Cut. Repeat (for back). The fabric I used was 45" wide.
It may seem like excessive amounts of material, but that is what gives the "gathered" effect. Trim off selvages if they interfere with print.
Mark and cut piece for sleeve (I used 8 1/2" for sleeve length, allowing for seam and hem). Cut the 45" wide piece in half so you have two sleeve pieces.
Cut four pieces out of contrast for collar and facing using drafted pattern.
Also cut two pieces of interfacing using collar pattern.
3. Mark armhole length (measure from top of shoulder to underarm, allowing some leeway for give) measuring from "top" of front and back pieces. With right sides together, sew side seams stopping at mark. Press seams open.
4. Baste across top of front and back pieces (separately). These will be gathering stitches.
5. Iron interfacing to collar pieces (2).
With right sides together, sew pieces together at shoulder seams. Press open.
6. With right sides together attach bottom of collar to top of dress, overlapping front and back pieces at shoulder seams of collar, and gathering basting stitches to fit.
Sew. Press seam up (towards collar).
7. Sew collar facing same as collar. Press 1/4" under along bottom.
With right sides together, stitch upper edges of collar and collar facing together. Press facing to inside.
8. On outside of garment, stitch in the ditch along collar, catching facing on inside. Press collar flat.
9. Baste upper edges of sleeves. Sew side seams. Press open.
Finish lower edges of sleeves (press up 1/4" or so and then fold edge under to form "narrow hem" while stitching close to edge...or zigzag stitch, etc.)
10. With right sides together, attach sleeves to armholes, gathering basting stitched to fit (or to taste-I prefer to place the gathers on the shoulder). Stitch. Stitch again 1/4" away from first line of stitching. Press seams towards sleeves.
11. Hem bottom of dress to desired length.
Be sad because of frumpiness, then…
12. Find belt or make one. (I used the "waist cinch belt" from McCall's M4492, minus the gathered fabric, and with hand sewn eyelets because they're easier than trying to locate real ones, not to mention cheaper...)Fashion Shots
(aka I Am A Dork)