Project

Drop-Shoulder Dress

Drop-Shoulder Dress

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2013

Introduction

You can also use bias tape, rather than facing, to finish the neck and notch at back.

materials

  • Tea towels

  • Sewing machine and supplies

  • Half-dome button

steps

  1. Download dress pattern template, print, and assemble pattern. Lay out on towels (you may need to play around with positioning) and cut out.

  2. With right sides facing, sew interfacing pieces together at shoulders. Press seams open.

  3. With right sides facing, sew torso pieces together at shoulders and sides. Press seams open.

  4. Baste skirt piece along one long edge, then pull ends of thread to gather. With right sides facing, sew gathered edge to bottom of torso. Press seam open.

  5. With right sides facing, sew interfacing around neckhole and notch at back of dress. Trim seam, flip to inside of torso, and press down.

  6. Sew button at neck closure. Using some thread, create a loop buttonhole.

  7. Press sleeve opening under 1/4 inch, then another 1/4 inch, and hand-sew (with a slip stitch) to hem. Repeat on other side.

  8. Press hem under by 1/4 inch, then another 1/4 inch. Sew.

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