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Everybody is so looking forward to the upcoming holiday season, and I am not an exception. I have been browsing through a lot of party dress designs, looking for some that is simple yet sexy enough to make the wearer a head-turner. And finally I decided to choose the cut out waist bodycon design – which hugs your curves closely, and shows off some skin!
Let’s look at it in 3D simulation:
I love how this design comes out in black sequin – if I can find stretch sequin fabric!
As usual, my pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL, so you will find yourself a suitable size. You can also lengthen or shorten the hemline to get your desired length – you can even make a maxi skirt from this pattern.
The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the printing instruction in this post: PRINTING GUIDE.
You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!
Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.
You will need
- Stretch fabric of your choice (ribbed knit, jersey, etc.)
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Printed pattern
What fabric can be used for this project? This design is made for STRETCH FABRIC only! Choose fabric with at least 30% stretch (pull the fabric to see how it stretches) or else you won’t be able to put it on.
How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? To be precise, you may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.
After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this image:
You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern size. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.
Fabric will be cut into following pieces:
- Front: cut 1 piece on the fold
- Back: cut 1 piece on the fold
- Neckline binding: cut 1 piece
- Armhole binding: cut 2 pieces
- Waist opening binding: cut 2 pieces
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts etc. from the pattern piece onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.
Because you are using stretch fabric, make sure you use the stretch stitch on your sewing machine. If you have a serger – it would save you lots of time sewing with stretch.
1. Place Front and Back pieces right side facing. Pin and sew to join the side seams and shoulder seams.
2. Attach binding to neckline, armholes and waist openings. The binding pieces is just an estimate, you will need to adjust its length based on stretch level of the fabric (the more stretchy the fabric is, the shorter the binding will be).
3. Hem the dress. And done!
This ridiculously simple and easy to make dress will give you a pleasant surprise. Add some details like glittering stone embellishment, you will be the center of attention in the party. Have fun!
And here is the download link:
Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns