It’s all in the details with this basic jersey dress! For this project, the fabric came before the garment as I found this jersey panel while perusing the depths of the fabric emporium here at Mood. In effort to display the graphic in the best light, I chose a simple tank dress since I could easily display the mountain top. Mood has a variety of jersey fabrics for all your needs, ‘sew’ feel free to get creative.
- Dress/tank top with a neckline and armhole that you like
- Jersey Fabric
- French Curve
- Dress Maker Pins
- Tape Measure
- Seam Ripper
Step 1. Decide what part of the image you would like in the center of the front of your dress. Fold your fabric in half with the selvages touching, then fold again making sure the front image is spaced the way you would like on either side of the fold. Folding in this way will ensure you cut a front and back piece at the same time. Then trace your garment making sure to extend the length if necessary as well as add seam allowance. The french curve will help you make proper armholes as well as a neckline.
Step 2. Now that you have cut out your main pieces, keep them folded. At the outer corner of the hemline, use your french curve to create a rounded hem. The severity of your hemline will depend on how sloped your curve is, the greater the curve the more dramatic the hemline will be.
Step 3. Sew the side seams from the hemline to the bottom of the armhole. Do not sew the shoulder seams. Note: Remember to reinforce the seams with an interlocking stitch since a basic stitch will not hold jersey material.
Step 4. Fold garment out so that your side seams are touching; lay the garment with the back fold on your left and your front fold on your right. After playing around I decided on a 2″ cut out in the back of the garment. I traced 1″ in from the fold of the back panel and drew a diagonal line up to the inner corner of the shoulder. Start at the top of the shoulder and cut down to the base of the cut out, remember to leave a 1.5″ notch to encase the elastic.
Step 5. With your garment wrong-side out, twist the back straps and pin the front and back pant right-sides together. I chose to twist my straps inwards so that majority of the unfinished edge would be hidden. You should twist and rearrange the straps until you are satisfied with how the lay. Once you are happy with the result, sew.
Step 6. With your garment wrong-side out place the elastic under the flap and sew a vertical line on the left side tacking the elastic; also sew a horizontal line alone the bottom of the notch making sure the elastic is not caught.. Next stretch and pin the elastic on the right side of the notch/flap, once the elastic recoils it will create the rouching.
Step 7. Finally, pin and sew your hemlines! I went with 1/4″ rolled hem for the neckline and armholes, I also suggest graduating your finished hems into the unfinished edges of your twisted straps for the neatest look possible. Lastly I went with a 1/2″ rolled hem for the rounded hemline, making sure to maintain the curvature.