There’s nothing more iconic than New England summer. Fresh white flowers line wooden fences, showing their faces in hopes of a drink of the morning sun. Early mornings are my favorite because of the glow emitted from yesterday’s dew and the stillness before the weight of the humidity settles in. During these mornings, I love a comfortable dress to slip into for a quick stroll to the mailbox. I found this happy blue seersucker and imagined the most joyous tone of the sky. After a quick sew, I was free to wander the neighbor’s garden and pretend that I had any green thumb at all 🙂
What you’ll need:
- 1 yard elastic
- 1 yard cotton fabric ( a reader suggested 1.25 yards if more flexibility in the arm is desired!) 🙂
- matching thread
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!)
It also wears strapless! Perfect for a beach cover-up or a summer stroll.0