Are any of you participating in Me Made May? If you haven't heard, the month of May is when many sewists and knitters set a goal to wear a certain amount of handmade garments for thirty one days and usually document daily outfit photos on social media or their blog. This forces makers to think about what they are wearing and what they would like to create in the future. My personal goal this month is to wear something handmade every day and so far I'm on track. I also use the month of May as an incentive to fill gaps in my wardrobe and make some knit tops because that is what I am lacking. I'm switching it up a bit today by sharing a super fast sewing project that can be made in only a few hours (max) for those of you who are looking to quickly plump up your dress selection.
The Ebony T-Shirt and Dress Pattern is one of my recent new pattern favs that I can't seem to get enough of. Heather, the designer behind Closet Case Patterns, hacked the tunic view into a dress sewn in scuba. I am 100% unashamed to say that I copied her idea using this phenomenal scuba from Britex Fabrics. Here is how I went about sewing the quickest dress I've ever made:
1. Prewashed fabric and air dried.
2. Traced the pattern and made adjustments (more on this below).
3. Carefully cut out the fabric.
4. Stitched bodice front to sleeve front.
5. Stitched bodice back to sleeve back.
6. Attached neck binding.
7. Sewed side seams.
DONE! No hemming required! Scuba is awesome because it doesn't unravel or fray along the edges, so if you don't feel like hemming then don't do it. Of course, if the thought of a raw hem makes you twitch, then by all means fold the fabric once and top stitch. Omitting the sleeve and dress hem make an already quick project much quicker. But, let's talk the most time consuming part, the alteration from tunic to dress. Actually, saying that is misleading because in reality it's not that time or labor intensive, it's just that it probably took me the longest out of the seven steps. This is how to do it:
Trace your size for the bodice front of the tunic.
Lay the newly traced tunic front on top of the dress front. I highlighted along the edges of the tunic piece, so it would be easier to see in this tutorial.
Align the pieces along the "cut on the fold" line.
Move the tunic piece up until the left sides of both pattern pieces match up. Make sure that it is lining up to the correct size.
Once it's positioned correctly slide a piece of tracing paper under the tunic pattern piece and trace the new length.
Make sure that the notches line up and you're good to go. Repeat for the back piece.
Do any of you have plans to add some scuba to your life? I can honestly say that Britex Fabrics carries some high quality beauties! Now the real question is, what are you planning to make with your new scuba?