Hey, in time for the summer sales and the beach season I got a little project today:
Pimp a simple beachdress! I got this one for 2€ ( yes 2!! ) I’m sure you know the style;
just straight fabric with elastic on top to gather it. Für Deutsche hier klicken.
I wanna make this dress longer and attach some neckholder.
Measure the seam and take it by 2, since I measrued only the half dress as you can see!
Now take the total seam width PLUS the width you want to gather.
The length of tha fabric depends on you, how much longer you want the dress? Do you want to take it double ==> means no seam to make later, or==> make a seam and have a shorter fabric piece?
If you are not sure how much fabric you want to gather, here’s a trick: take some fabric and just crumple it with your hands, so you can see what you like and estimate the amount of fabric you want to gather.
For sure you must take 1 1/2 times the seamwidth!!
Now sew the pieces together to one big loop.
A) no seam ==> lay the open edges together and prepair to gather
B) with seam ==> one open edge for the seam one open edge to be gathered
Now put the dress seam over the gathering and pin down the sides, middle front and middle back. Adjust rest of gather.
Carefully stitch from right side throught the seam of the dress, make sure you sew down the gather underneath.
Sew your neckholders as wide as you wish them to be. Attach them under the top and sew down.
And here the pimped dress with gather and neckholder. Still able to wear as skirt as well, just put the neckholder inside.