Summer is always a magical time of year in my household, as I’m sure it is for many others. It means longer days, but it also means longer nights… filled with music. I wasn’t always someone who frequented concerts and travelled for festivals, but when I met my boyfriend it was clear loving music wasn’t a choice – but a lifestyle (one that i’m very happy to apart of). Music, listening to it, chasing it, critiquing it – is so present that silence now often rings awkward to my ear.
One of our favorite music festivals, Newport Folk Festival, has become a bit of a tradition. With it’s quirky, laid back vibes and gorgeous location, it’s easy to get why it’s always sold out. We were saddened this year to find getting a ticket would be 1. very hard or 2. very expensive. So, when the friendly staff over at Spindrift offered us a way in we were overjoyed to accept.
This post is not sponsored by Spindrift, but I’d to give a shout out to a pretty groovy brand. A New England based company, they sell seltzer with real squeezed fruit. There are no chemicals, or preservatives. It’s refreshing, delicious and light. We (may have) used it as the perfect mixer for a (smuggled) vodka soda. who us? – not us hehe. We just wanted to thank Spindrift for an amazing day (the cold never bothered us anyway cc. winter scarf & costume change 1/2 way through the day)
The dress I made for the folk festival this year was sourced (drumroll not needed) from a thrift store. the fringy lace was an old curtain valance. I loved the tassel trim and knew I needed to use it for a little boho themed dress. What better place than the folk festival to try on my hippie vibes?
we call this double scarfing – because why would one scarf EVER be enough #scarfaddict
I’m going to use the same tutorial as the post here: As I used the same methods just with a sheer/lace top.
What you’ll need
- 1 yard elastic
- 1-1.5 yard cotton fabric ( a reader suggested 1.25 yards if more flexibility in the arm is desired!)
- matching thread
How You’ll Make it
1. Measure the circumference of the largest part of your torso & multiply this measurement by 2. This is the width of your dress. Measure the preferred length of your dress and add 2 inches for seam allowance. Cut & set aside.
2. Next, measure the circumference of your shoulders and multiply this measurement by 2. Measure the desired length, for my dress I would make the overlapping piece a little shorter to give my arms a little more range of motion.
3. Sew up the length of each side to make 2 separate “tube” shapes.
4. Fold over the fabric 1″ from the top, sew around the rim leaving a small opening to thread elastic. Do this for each piece.
5. Once that is completed, measure and cut 2 elastics. One will be the shoulder measurement and one will be the circumference beneath your armpits & around your chest. Do not multiply by two – this is what holds up your dress!
6. Sew hems as desired.
7. Pin right side up and sew together the two “tubes”. Sew together the tubes by making four 1″ vertical* seams. These will be at a little inward of the armpit on the front and back (this will make room for your arms!)
Not so crafDIY? get a similar look here: