In this tutorial I’m making a turtleneck high low dress. This dress is awesome and I wore it to a dear friend’s wedding. The fabric is a non-stretch poly mesh. Because it was mesh it required a lining. The video tutorial is also on my youtube channel.
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What you’ll need:
2 1/2 yards of polyester mesh fabric, 2 1/2 yards of lining, dress form, draping tape, pins, scissors, sewing machine, chalk, tape measure, overlock machine (optional), sharpie, hook and eye, needle,thread, muslin, 22 inch zipper.
Steps to make this dress:
Step 1: Lay Out Your Fabric and measure your waist.
Lay out your fabric. Fold it so you are working with the fullness of the fabric. Selvages are NOT on one side, they are on both sides.
Take your waist measurement and divide it by 4 and add 2 to that answer.
Waist / 4= ?
? + 2=?
Whatever that answer is take your tape measure and go down that amount of inches on the side of the fabric. Mark it with chalk then pivot your tape measure all the way around while marking it with the chalk. Keep the tape measure at the same spot on top, just pivot the bottom from one side to the other.
Step 3: Cut it out
Cut out the markings from when you pivoted.
The side that is on the fold will be the front of the high low skirt. Mark the length you want you skirt to be in the front.
The side with the selvage will be the back and where your zipper will be placed. Mark it with chalk.
Step 5: Use Your Tape Measure
Step 6: Cut Out Lining, Hem All
Cut the lining out by using the outer skirt as the pattern.
Then, fold the outer skirt up a couple inches and cut the lining shorter than the outer fabric.
Roll hem the lining or just hem it.
Hem the outer fabric.
Step 7: Place Fabrics together
Join the two fabrics together. Make sure it is wrong side (outer fabric) to right side (lining). Sew at top.
Pin sides and sew them together also.
Step 8: Make Waistband
Working on the fold. Take your waist measurement and divide it by 2 to get the length of your waistband. Mark it on the fabric.
Mark the width you want the waistband to be, I did 3 inches wide.
Cut it out and make sure it fits the skirt. Pin it and sew it in place.
Step 9: Make the Top
Use your dress form to design the top.
cut out the muslin
add 1/2 inch seam allowance
mark your notches
Cut it on the fabric
Cut out the lining
Step 10: Sew the lining
Sew the lining pieces to fabric so that they are one. Don’t forget to put darts in lining also. Pin and sew the top together.
Finish off armholes.
Step 11: Add Gathering Stitch
Because this is a non stretch fabric I had to gather the top to prevent puckering. I made my gathering stitch 4 inches long. I folded the fabric in half and marked the middle point so that I would know where to gather. Also, I wanted the gathers to be centered.
Then sew the collar on.
Roll the edge of collar once and then twice, pin it and sew it down.