Mood Fabric’s free Hana Bias Cut Dress pattern is simplicity at its best! Are you looking for a quick date night solution? Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to add this wardrobe staple to your list of projects. Either way, you’re in luck because this slip dress may be the most versatile piece you own! Showcase this classic number in printed cotton, linen, or silk if you’re up for the challenge! You can easily rock this dress all summer or with a blazer to head back to the office. Belt it to cinch in the waist, and layer it with a cozy sweater to transition into fall!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 2.5 yards of Mood Exclusive Navy Wildwood Enchantments Viscose Twill Print
- One spool of 276 English 100 Gutermann Sewing All Thread
- MDF316 – The Hana Bias Cut Dress Pattern (free download below!)
Cutting your fabric on the bias means placing your pattern at a 45-degree angle to the selvage. This cutting technique will add a fluid drape and flexibility to woven fabrics that don’t have stretch.
Here are some helpful tips for working with garments sewn on the bias:
- First, staystitch the neckline right away while the pieces are flat. Then, lay the pieces on the pattern to see if you stay stitched enough for them to maintain the original dimensions.
- Baste the side seams together. Then, put it on the form, let it hang for a few hours, and evaluate.
- Press your seams as you go. A wooden clapper can be helpful to hold in heat. Avoid ironing as it could increase the unwanted stretch.
Here’s How To Sew:
- With the right sides of your fabric facing, pin the front of your dress to the back and stitch the side seams together. Gently press your seams to avoid stretch.
- Now, with the right sides of your fabric facing, pin the front neck facing to the back facing and stitch the side seams together. Gently press your seams to avoid stretch.
- Fold your straps in half, with the right side of the fabric facing inward. Stitch along the strap seam. Trim the seam allowance and use a loop turner to turn the strap.
- Now, with the right sides of the fabric together, pin your neck facing along the front and back of the dress. Next, you must insert your straps, sandwiching them between the neck facing and the dress. Make sure you align the back straps where the notch indicates. Stitch around the neckline. Make a small clip on the center front seam allowance at the “V.” Turn and press.
- Lastly, use a 1/2″ rolled hem to finish the bottom of your dress. Lightly press.