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To maximize the length of this dress, use the existing selvage, both at the hem and the neckline, and create the channel with ribbon.


  • Tea towels
  • Sewing machine and supplies
  • Ribbon or twill tape, 1 1/2 inches wide and 1 inch wide
  • Dress Pattern Template


  1. Step 1

    Download dress pattern template, print, and assemble pattern. Lay out on towels and cut out.

  2. Step 2

    With right sides facing, sew side seams. Along one arm opening, press fabric under by 1/4 inch, then another 1/4 inch. Sew. Repeat on all sides.

  3. Step 3

    Cut a 1-yard piece of 1 1/2-inch ribbon or tape to width of upper edge of towel. Create a channel at top of dress (sew it on inside). Repeat on other side.

  4. Step 4

    Using a safety pin, thread a 1-yard piece of 1-inch ribbon or tape through channel. Repeat on other side. Tie bows at shoulders. (Trim as needed.)

Martha Stewart Living, June 2013