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Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2013


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


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

  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. 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. 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.)

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