This is my first tutorial so please bear with me.
I had an old African dance skirt that I never wear anymore. It’s basically a big piece of fabric with the edges finished. I got the fabric in Uganda but any fabric will do. This piece measured 60 inches. What’s that, a yard and three quarters? Two yards will work just fine. Basically you want enough fabric to fit around your widest parts freely.
You will also need enough fabric to make a tie/band/thingie. The tie should be at least 36inches long but mine is longer. Also my tie is 4 inches wide because I like the contrast and big bows. Your tie can be any width. Ribbon would probably work too.
First fold your fabric in half right sides together like so.
The salvage edges will be the top and bottom. Now sew along the long open side making a tube of fabric. I put the seam in the middle of the front because it had the cool striped trim, but if you are using a standard print you can leave the seam on the side.
Then measure the length from the armpit to the top of the shoulder of the shirt you are wearing. 11 inches for me. Cut a curved arm hole from the top of each side the length just measured. I folded my fabric in half again so that I knew both arm holes were the same size.
Your fabric should look like this.
Now sew a rolled hem around your arm curves.
On the front and back fold the top piece of the fabric down enough to make a pocket for your tie. Mine was 4 inches. Then sew (no need for a hem this should be a selvage edge)
Now thread your tie through the front and back pocket so that both ends are on one side.
Turn right side out and put on.
If you used a light weight flouncy material it should fall nicely and be flowy. My cotton was a bit stiff so it felt like I was wearing a giant sack.
No fear. I sewed my tie closed at the shoulder and tied the rest like a belt under my boobs to make an empire waist. Ta-Da.
I would love to see it if you make this dress or one like it.