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Wednesday 29 August 2012

Sew a simple summer dress

Today I finally finished ALL the admin that had been piling up after the holidays.

As a reward I then unpacked my brand new, beautiful, shiny sewing machine and the fabric I bought in Germany.

The fabric is quite light-weight so I decided to turn it into a summer dress:


If you would like one too to wear on the last days of summer, here is what to do:

Start by spreading the fabric out. First fold it double (with the good side on the inside) and then fold it in half again, so that the front of your fabric is closed.
Now put half of a (very big) t-shirt on top and trace the lines, extending the length so it becomes a dress:



Cut it out. Now you have the front and back part cut out all at once and they are hopefully the same size :-).
When I try to do them independently from each other one always ends up bigger.

Then cut a v-shaped form into the front and round the back part slightly to form the necklines:

Next trim the necklines in front and in the back:

Now close the seams on the shoulders and arms, and down the sides:

Next, find the right length and neaten the seams:

Nearly done! Now you just have to trim the seams on the arm openings:

I decided to put some brown ribbon at the end of the arms, and also used a ribbon around the middle:

And then you are done!

And in case you do not like sewing, take part in our Shabby Apple giveaway and win a US$ 50 to spend on one of their gorgeous dresses! The competition closes on the 4th of September.

I am linking to these lovely parties.

Have a wonderful day!

Lots of love,


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  1. hallöchen
    schön, mal wieder etwas von dir zu sehen.
    das kleid sieht klasse aus, fast wie ein kimono.
    ich hoffe dein besuch in deutschland war so, wie du ihn dir gewünscht hast.
    ich bin zur zeit ein wenig blogmüde, da kann es gut sein, daß mir ein paar post von dir entgangen sind. bei mir ist zz lesen angesagt. habe von ´´draußen nur kännchen´´ das buch ´´starters´´ empfohlen bekommen, und kann es vor spannung kaum noch aus der hand legen....
    eine schöne zeit daheim,
    wünscht dir

  2. Lovely dress! And it seems quite easy to make...I never sew but I've been wanting to try ir for a long time now, these might be one of my first projects...why not?

  3. It is a fabulous dress dear Jutta!! The fabric is gorgeous, totally you! I like the ribbon around the middle, lovely! How do you like your shiny, brand new sewing machine?

  4. I spy a sewing machined and a beautiful dress. Love the ribbon.

  5. Pretty Dress! You have picked a beautiful fabric for a dress!

  6. I love your cute dress! The fabric is especially pretty with the brown ribbon details.

    We'd love for you to link up at our Finished Friday blog party.

  7. Really great dress. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  8. Sew cute :) I love the fabric! and it looks super easy. Found you on the Seasonal Celebration Sunday!

  9. Great job! You can make heaps in different fabrics and they would all look different!

  10. So great tutorial, it beautful, it will be perfect for Fall also! Thank for sharing

  11. Great dress! The ribbon detail really makes it lovely. Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize this week!

  12. Wow really cute! I've been looking for a way to make a cute dress, but sort of from scratch. I really like the simple design, very cute I definitely have to try it!

    Your newest follower from the linkup at Sugar Bee Crafts
    -Jordan :)

  13. I love the dress! You did a fabulous job on it. I'd love for you to link it up to our What I Wore Sunday link party:

    See you soon!

  14. Don't know how I missed this post, but I did! You are just trying to get me to make friends with my sewing machine Jutta! This is a lovely dress and you always make it seem so simple!!

  15. I really love this it is a perfect summer dress...and I am a fan of anything simple!! Yay!

  16. Oh how I wish the words "sew" & "simple" worked for me...maybe with some more practice. Looks lovely! Thank you for sharing at our
    Pinteresting Party!

  17. Jutta, I want that dress! It looks sooooo beautiful!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  18. beautiful- popped over from Creative Thurs linky party

  19. Hi Creative Chaos,

    My name is Elise, and I have a blog called WTFab! that focuses on fashion and D.I.Y. I love your recent post with the simple dress, and I would love to collaborate with you in the future. You can check out my blog at and let me know if you would like to follow each other.

  20. Very cute!!! I love it!
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

  21. sooo cute! Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

  22. Very pretty!! I would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas. Have a super weekend.

  23. The satin on the sleeves and the centerpiece, plus that blue tonal thing going on, gives this dress a Japanese feel. Lovely, Jutta.

  24. Jutta,
    This looks beautiful, as usual with all your sewing. Looks really comfy too. Great tutorial. Thanks so much for linking up last week to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you have for this week’s party! Have a great week.

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