Autumn came, and I found myself not quite ready to give up wearing my off-the-shoulder dresses just yet. But with the weather cooling off, by evening time I was always cold. I started to think about my Fall dresses, and pulled out the dresses that I normally wear ALL of the time. Asking myself some simple questions, like what makes me wear them and why do I return to them again and again, to help figure out the styles I want to make for this Fall season. The 3 greatest answers were comfort, textile pattern / design, and of course I just downright feel pretty in it.
One of the dresses that are on constant rotation in my Fall / Winter wardrobe is the Plaid flannel wrap dress DIY found HERE. I love how comfortable it is, while still looking cute and stylish. With that in mind, I decided to make another flannel fabric dress for the upcoming cold season – while still bringing in my favorite off-the-shoulder trend.
By pairing an off-the-shoulder dress with your favorite blanket scarf DIY –or- the infamous cape scarf DIY HERE and some leggings, you can create the perfect outfit for Fall.
To bring the basic off-the-shoulder dress up a notch, I decided to add a classic button placket down the center front. You can add a button placket to almost any basic dress or shirt pattern with these easy to follow sewing instructions. I used the Cynthia Rowley Simplicity Pattern 8124 as my base point, but you can find lots of off-the-shoulder DIY’s online. Scroll to the end of the post for a list of some DIY’s you can use to make your look.
MAKE THIS LOOK: Flannel Off-the-Shoulder Dress
How to add a Button Placket to an off-the-shoulder elastic top / dress
Based on Simplicity Pattern 8124
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How to add a button placket to an off-the-shoulder dress
Skill level: Intermediate
Time Needed: 3 – 4 hours
- Basic off-the-shoulder dress / blouse pattern or DIY (I used Simplicity Pattern 8124)
- 2 ¾ yard flannel or plaid fabric
- 8 – 10 buttons
- Coordinating thread
- Universal regular point sewing needle 90/14
- Rotary cutter / fabric scissors
- Basic sewing essentials
FABRIC SEEN IN PHOTOS:
- Lay the dress FRONT PATTERN on top of your fabric. We are going to omit the ‘fold’ line entirely and instead extend the front center out 2 ¼”. Cut (2) mirror image front dress patterns.
- Sew the front and back together as indicated at the side seams and sleeves. Do not sew the elastic top yet.
- Fold the top elastic casing in place by folding down ¼”, and folding down again 1” towards the wrong side. Sew around to secure casing in place, leaving the front center opening in place for inserting elastic.
- At the front center, mark 2 ¼” in from the center along the top of the casing.
- Insert elastic as indicated in the front center casing on one side. Pull elastic through carefully, so as not to twist the elastic inside the casing.
- Let the end of the elastic slip inside of the casing CAREFULLY, using your fingers as a guide to STOP the elastic once the end reaches the 2 ¼” mark. Pin elastic end in place.
- Continue pulling elastic through the casing. When you reach the other side. Pin the other end of the elastic in place at the 2 ¼” mark on the opposite side.
- Sew a line of straight stitches back and forth over the elastic ends at the 2 ¼” mark to secure elastic in place
- Hem the bottom of the dress prior to sewing the button placket.
- To sew the button placket, fold the raw front center edge ¼” towards the wrong side and press.
- Fold again 1” towards the wrong side and press, enclosing the raw seams. Pin down along the edge of the enclosed ¼” seam, 1” from the front center of the dress. Sew to secure placket in place. Repeat for both sides.
- Overlap the placket on the front center of the dress, and add buttons / buttonholes as desired to both sides of the placket.
And you are finished!
Pair your new dress with your favorite flannel scarf, worn wrapped around your neck like an infinity scarf, draped on your shoulders, pinned in place like a blanket scarf, or even draped like a pashmina. Any which way you wear it, you will be comfy and warm all night long.
Various off-the-shoulder DIY’s available on-line:
- Off the shoulder ruffle dress
- Men’s shirt to off-the-shoulder dress DIY
- One shoulder ruffle dress
- Off the shoulder thrifted dress DIY
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…