Today, you are going to learn how to sew a dress from scratch in a matter of minutes. It consists of four
seams and is rather simple at a glance, until you put it on. The project is simple for virtually anyone to try –
you only need to know how to sew in a straight line.
Choose a Pattern+
Before starting any project, you want to consider what pattern you need for your new dress. The most
important factors that will influence your ultimate decision include: your body type (be honest!), level of
fitness (do you like your dress loose or fitted this link), and of course, your personal style. Scan through your
personal closet and observe the trends you are normally inclined to: is there something you really adore
and would like to create more of?
Pick Your Fabric
Your personal style and pattern preference will guide you towards choosing a fabric for your dress. It goes
without saying that your pattern style should match your chosen fabric: you don’t want to end up with a
structured garment on a voile fabric, or a stiff fabric with a flowing pattern. Look to your closet for
inspiration. The style of your dress and the event you’ll be using it on will also determine the color and print
of your fabric.
Cut two rectangles: Measure the length of the garment by holding the fabric up your body. The result
should be around the distance between your knees and your armpits. Next, measure the width – the
distance between the edges of your hips plus six inches. Measure out two rectangles from this size.
Stitch the hem: This is an optional step; you can skip if you prefer a raw edge on your dress. If not, fold
over the raw edge of the shorter end of your fabric and press. Using a tight, uniform stitch, sew along the
fold on both sides of your fabric. Note: you can use a janome sewing machine review for this pattern, but a thread and
needle can do just fine.
Create a covering for the ribbon: smoothen the top of every bit of your fabric, holding down the edge
about 1 ½ inches. Use a tight, uniform stitch to sew along the folded end. This will give you some space to
thread the ribbon through the fabric. Repeat this with the other rectangles.
Align the back and front together: place the rectangles flat, with the outside (right) sides facing one
another. Pin the edges together starting from the bottom hem to around 6 inches shy of the top. Sew the
two fabrics together on either side.
Sew the ribbon through the covering: Clip a safety pin over one end of your tie/ribbon. This will make it
easier to sew the ribbon through the coverings. Sew through the covering on the front of your dress,
continuing straight up to the rear side until you end up with two emerging ribbons at the space on one end
of your dress. And voila! You are done.