2021 is shaping up to be its own unique year, but hopes are high that we’ll soon be back to outdoor parties, weddings, and – word is – even proms! The Oleander Dress is the perfect new pattern for any and all of the above. Try a versatile crepe for a garden reception or up the elegance in a gorgeous jacquard or brocade!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 3 yards Mood Exclusive August Rush Stretch Polyester Crepe
- 1 yard Premium Suzie Creole Pink Polyester 4-Ply Crepe
- 1/2 yard Super White Hot Rolling Nonwoven Fusible Interfacing
- 2-3 yards Montana Grape Petersham Grosgrain Ribbon – 1″
- 1 572 Natural 9″ Invisible Zipper
- MDF246 – The Oleander Dress Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
Begin by interfacing the outer layer of your upper bodice so it’s a bit more supportive than a flexible crepe. For extra support, you could also add some bra cups to your lining layer.
Attach your side front panels to the center front, lining up your notches. Add on your side back at the side seams, followed by the center back. Press open all your seams and repeat with your lining.
Attach the back panels of your lower bodice to the front at the side seam and press the seams open. Repeat with your lining.
Since this floral crepe is a bit heavier than the solid I used for the top, I chose not to interface this layer, but you absolutely could if using a lighter weight fabric.
Attach the upper bodice to the lower bodice. I recommend pressing the seam allowance down and top-stitching as well.
Cut your ribbon into 4 equally sized pieces measuring at least 18″ long.
Pin one at each princess seam along the top edge of your bodice and staystitch in place.
Face to face, pin and sew your main bodice to the lining along the top edge, sewing the ribbons in between both layers as you do. Clip the seam allowance along the curves, turn right side out, and press.
Set your pockets into the side seams of your skirt before attaching your skirt at the side seams.
If you’ve never sewn in-seam pockets, check out this tutorial here!
Once the back panels of your skirt are attached to the front, create and pin your pleats following the guide on your pattern. Stay-stitch in place with your pockets pressed toward the front.
Attach your bodice to your skirt by sewing the outer layer along the waistline, like below.
Insert your invisible zipper along the center back seam before closing up the remainder of the seam.
Fold the raw edges of your bodice lining inward and slip-stitch along the zipper and waistline of your bodice.
Lastly, finish off your skirt with a 1″ hem!