|Free Spirit fringed maxi|
The Free Spirit whips up in an hour - really, this blog post will be way more time consuming than the dress - and the fringe is on-trend and super easy. For this size 5 I used 2 yards of knit from Girl Charlee. Anything bigger than a 5/6 and you may need to double the yardage of whatever dress length you are creating, to cut a wide enough dress. You want something medium weight to medium-light. If this is your first time using knits, stick to medium. If you're a little more
masochistic comfortable with knits, this is really fun in something a bit lighter.
There are two ways to do this, super quick and easy and a little more properly but not too properly so we don't lose our bad-boy reputation. The easy way would be to layer your front and back pieces and cut both identically on the fold, using the front neckline of your tank as a guide. Feel free to do that, following these directions otherwise. The biggest difference will be a lower neckline in back and your shoulder seam may fall a bit differently. If this is a child's dress (oh yes, my friend, theoretically you could do this adult sized) this will not have a huge impact on fit. Otherwise, I would like you to lie your fabric folding the selvedges on each side into the centre to create two folded ends, then carefully fold your tank to trace and cut around the neck and arms - leave a seam allowance - then flare out to create the widest dress possible. You can see here my shape is awful - you want a straight line, and I do fix that later. Bear with me, I was winging this. Do this for both the front and back to create your dress pieces.
Sew your strip into a circle, right sides facing, then sew the facing to your neckline right sides facing. Use a stretch stitch or a long zigzag.
Then fold and pin the strip to the inside of the neckline and sew it with a stretch stitch.
You've neatly and easily finished the neckline! Sew or serge the sides of the dress and then use this technique to finish the armholes. Or if you prefer, finish the armholes and then sew the side seams, if you're more comfortable with that method. You can see below that my bobbin threads are white and my needle thread is black. This is almost probably for demonstration purposes and not because I'm a lazy bobbin changer.
At this point you'll be done sewing your dress! Wait, what? I'm serious! Finishing the hem is all about the scissors, baby. Check the fit of your dress, the length shouldn't be any longer than grazing the feet of the wearer. Then lay your dress flat on a table and brandish your scissors menacingly.
After cutting your strips, give them a good tug to get them to curl. When you've done that, your dress will be ready for anything!
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