#UNC19 1960's Dress + TUTORIAL

by Amy Draughon

I am so excited to start wearing this dress more when the warm weather comes!

The 50's are my favorite decade of fashion...but this dress has me thinking the relaxed dresses of the 60's aren't too bad either!

I love the lace on the neckline! And this flowery pattern just screams spring!

The ruffle happened...well...because this was originally supposed to be a shirt!

But then I made it too long for a shirt, so I thought it might a well become a dress. 

The ruffle added just enough length to make it fun and bouncy!

I also added a small elastic detail to the back, to give it a little more shape in the waist. 

TUTORIAL: How To Make The Dress

I made this dress using my Basic 3 Piece Pattern

Cut both your back and front bodice pieces on the fold of your fabric. Modify the pattern by drawing a diagonal line extending from the point right under the arm hole. 

A longer line will make your dress longer. A bigger angle will make the dress bigger and more flowing. Make a line for the bottom of the dress that curves slightly (rather than being straight and creating pokey corners) into the center on the fold line. 

Do this for both back and front pieces. (I find it easier to double fold my fabric, cut 2 back pattern pieces and then use my front pattern to cut out the neckline on one of them).

Next we will put darts in the dress on the front piece. Roughly pin your pattern pieces together and try the dress on yourself or on a dress form. 

Use pins or chalk to mark where the darts go. Take out a section along the arm hole, that tapers to a point near the fullest part of your bust. 

Sew the darts in place by drawing triangles. Match up the sides, folding the fabric and sew along that line. Iron the seams.

If you want to put lace on your dress, now is the time! Pin the lace to the dress and sew in place. 

Cut your sleeve pattern pieces and sew them into the dress. 

Sew up the sides of the dress (Right Sides Together!). 

It should look like this:

Now add your ruffle hem. Cut long rectangles of fabric and sew them together to create a long strip. 

Gather the top edge of the strip. If you need a quick and easy way, use my How To Gather Fabric Quickly.

Pin in place on the bottom edge of the dress and sew the ruffle on RST. 

Awesome! Finnish all the raw edges with a serger or by hemming. 

It's ready to wear!

This dress and tutorial are part of my submission to the #UNC19 Celebration Contest. Original post HERE