May 27, 2011

Strapless Dress using Pre-smocked Fabric

Happy Memorial Day everybody!  We're starting the weekend out right prepping for picnic down by the lake.  Smoked sausage, grilled veggies, watermelon, and......a new dress!

I needed a super simple project just to get my toes wet.  Something that would take less than 30 minutes, that would be amenable to a messy and unorganized sewing room AND that wouldn't require too much thought.  This was the PERFECT project.

I picked up some of that pre-smocked fabric at Jo-Ann's.  I didn't check the price ($19/yard??) but I did look at the flyer after I left and it's on sale this weekend (grrr).  Whatever, time is money, right?  

I knew the girls would love this pink flamingo fabric and I loved the preppy navy & pink combo.

All I did was hem the bottom (double fold 1/2" hem) then fold it in half, right sides together and sew it closed.

I had every intention of using extra fabric from the bottom to create straps but Eleanor liked the length AND wanted it strapless.  But you can see she is holding it up, yes?  

She measured 21" across the bust.  I cut it 19" wide thinking that would be snug enough given a roughly 1/4-1/2" seam when I closed it.  It was still loose.  So, cut your fabric a good solid 3ish inches less than the bust measurement and that should be snug enough to stay up sans straps.

It's cute, right?  Perfect for running around our tiny city yard!

Happy Memorial Day.  Go hug a veteran or a soldier, would you?
I'll be hugging my vet.....T.I.G.H.T.


Molly Hammond said...

i thought the first picture was you flann! SO adorable. could this be made for adults? great job.

Just Jaime said...


Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

I second Molly's question! I've seen that fabric around and just have no idea how to make it happen!

Allison said...

Molly, I did too and I think you should make one for yourself Flann! I want one!

Flannery @ said...

I don't see why it couldnt be an adult dress as well--better yet, it's versatile enough to be a skirt!

Allison--welcome back!!! We've missed our #1 fan!!!!

Jordan McCollum said...

Our mom made us dress-up dresses like these out of gingham fabric. We loved them!

Seamingly Smitten said...

Super cute and I love the flamingos! It looks so beachy :)

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - I featured you today!!
-- Mandy,

Flannery @ Three Sisterz said...

Thank you Mandy! What a treat!!

Anonymous said...

I bought presmocked fabric from Hancock's my grandaughters are teens bust sizes 34 and 36 (yeah they are healthy);) anyway if I measure like the directions say to, the skirt will be a measly 32 inches wide.. sounds like a hobble skirt to me ... any ideas ???