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« on: May 21, 2010 10:54:58 AM »

I really love this dress: http://www.etsy.com/listing/46635729/seersucker-sailor-strapless-dress-with

But I think I could make it myself. Can anyone direct me to a pattern or a tute or a simple explanation of what i would need to do? Can it really be as simple as 2 pieces of fabric with elastic casing?

« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2010 06:21:54 PM »

I think yes, it really is that simple. The only shaping is from tying a sash over it. I would make a tube about twice  the measurement above your chest where the top of the dress sits (more depending on how gathered you want the dress to be), then fold over one edge for the hem and the other edge a bit wider for the casing on top. sew two seams for the casing a little away from the edge so you get that little ruffle, thread elastic, and there you go!
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2010 07:57:13 PM »

I zoomed in and looked at several of the dresses on her site.  It is difficult to tell, but I think the striped dress may have a bit of an a-line cut to it.  I agree that it is _very_ simple, essentially a tube of fabric 1 1/2 to 2 times your bust measurement, depending on how full you want your dress to be on top.  If you are heavy-hipped, simply flare the side seams from the top down to the hem. 

To get the ruffle on top, fold your top hem over allowing about 1 to 1 1/2 inches (more or less according to your design ideal) + the width of the elastic + 1/2 inch for the lower casing seam. 


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