The time has come for simple transition pieces. Fall is slowly creeping in and as the sun goes down, you may find yourself needing an outfit that can look great on its own or layered under a light jacket. This easy wrap tunic is the perfect solution.
Fabrics & materials used:
- 2 yards Liberty of London Meenaghan Warm Sands/Blue Silk-Cotton Voile
- 2 yards Gold Mechanical Stretch Polyester Crepe de Chine (only $2.99/yard!!)
Really, there are only a few steps to this project and you hardly need a pattern. To make things even easier, you could start with a loose-fit t-shirt: trace the neckline and shoulders and begin to trace the armholes. Extend the armholes like you see below, a little more than 1/4 of your waist measurement. Angle the lower half of the dress so it’s as wide/long as you prefer at the bottom.
I cut the same exact shape for the front and back of both the voile and the crepe, and chose to sew them as if they were the same fabric (using French seams to hide my raw edges).
To sew the dress: attach the shoulders and stitch along the sides of the skirt. At this point, you have the basic shape of your dress, and can try it on to see how the fit will be. The points should just touch or overlap slightly when brought to the front.
To finish the dress, I chose to bind the neckline and armholes in an inch wide strip of the Liberty printed voile (folded twice to resemble bias tape). When finishing up the binding at the front points of the dress, add in a 1.5 yard strap to each side (I made mine 4″ wide, folded in half for a 2″ strip). These strips can then be used to secure the waist, like you see above!
Lastly, give your dress a rolled hem at your desired length. The possibilities for this dress are pretty great: try a vibrant print and keep it above the knee, or use a simply gorgeous solid at ankle-length. Either one could be stunning!
Plus it’s great for dancing. What type of fabric will you be making yours with?