That moment that you see a fabric that you simply HAVE TO OWN, only to find out that it has a little over a yard left on the bolt.
I could’ve made a lot of things with this fabric, it is smooth and soft like butta. Billed as a ‘denim’ tie dye, it feels more like a silky smooth chambray. And as you may have noticed, I am all about the denim lately. Once I get onto a specific sewing trend, I can’t seem to get it out of my head – and this past month, it is denim. I want it with lace, embroidery, appliqué, as a shirt, shorts, pants, romper, you name it. If it is denim in look and feel – I am all over it. But what to do with just 1 and a quarter yard of fabric that you love?
Thats when I thought about some simple sundresses I have hanging in my closet, tent like sundresses with spaghetti straps that I find myself throwing on over every bathing suit. The kind of sundress that you wear all Summer long. And because I am working with denim, maybe add some frayed aspect to it.
Frayed Denim Neckline Sundress
aka – the 1 + 1/4 yard sundress
- 1.25 – 1.5 yds lightweight fabric with drape
- Fabric scissors / rotary cutter, HERE
- Coordinating thread
- Ruler, HERE
- Bias tape
- Bodice sloper
- Sewing machine, HERE
FABRIC SEEN IN THESE PHOTOS:
- Denim tie-dye fabric, found in your local Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Store
- Lay your bodice sloper, or a shirt that fits well, over tracing paper on the fold. Extend the neckline 5″ out at the center. Trace around the new neckline, stopping half way up the shoulder seam. Curve down, following the arymsyce to the side seam. Extend the length of the bodice sloper to your desired dress length, plus seam allowance.
- Cut (2) 65″ bias tape strips, and (1) 14″ x 1″ piece of fabric on the bias.
- You should have (2) dress pattern pieces, 1 Front and 1 Back.
- Place Front and Back right sides together, pin and sew side seams. Finish seam and press.
- Serge, zigzag stitch or use pinking shears to finish the armsyce raw edge. Fold the armsyce 1/4″ towards the inside of the dress. Press, pin and sew. Repeat for both sides.
- Sew a gathering stitch along the front neckline. Gently pull the bobbin thread, so that the gathers are nice and even, until the neckline is approximately 13″ in length. Repeat for both front and back.
- Sew a basting stitch 1/4″ from the neckline edge to secure gathers in place.
- Pin the 14″ piece of fabric bias along the front neckline, matching up the raw edges, with the wrong side of the bias next to the right side of the dress. Sew using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Trim excess bias fabric on the side edges.
- Open up the bias tape and find the center. Center the bias tape along the center of the neckline, right sides together. Pin and sew to secure. Fold the bias tape in half, up and over the neckline raw edge. Pin in place. Sew to secure, continuing to sew the straps closed on either side. Repeat for both Front and Back.
- Using a sharp pair of fabric scissors, gently rub the edge of the scissors along the exposed bias fabric at the neckline until the fabric is frayed sufficiently.
- Fold the bottom hem of the dress 1/2″ towards the wrong side and press. Fold again 1″ and press, enclosing the raw edge. Pin and sew around to hem.
And you are done!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…