Wedding planning is hard enough, but finding a dress that all of your bridesmaids love can seem impossible! Meet Mood’s latest free pattern, The Rhodes Dress, which allows your bridesmaids to customize their dress to match their own unique style. Two overlong ties and an optional bandeau allow for plenty of stylish options. Prefer a plunging V-neck, a stately strapless top, or an off-the-shoulder look? The Rhodes Dress does it all. Plus, stretchy fabric and a lack of closures makes it an adaptive pattern perfect for those with changing bodies for any reason, including pregnancy, post partum, or endometriosis, among others. Make a few for your besties on your wedding day; and hey, why not make one for yourself for a go-to summer maxi or goddess-inspired maternity shoot?
1. If using the optional bandeau, attach the front and back pieces at the side seams. This can be done using a serger, or a regular zig-zag or overlock stitch on your home sewing machine.
2. Cut a piece of elastic to 1″ less than your overbust measurement. (This is where the top of the bandeau would sit, not at the full bust point.)
3. Pin and stitch the elastic evenly along the face at the top edge of the bandeau.
4. Fold the top edge of your bandeau down and stitch the elastic again along the inside, stretching slightly as you sew.
5. Create your waistband by sewing up the side seams and folding the band downward in half.
6. Pin along the bottom edge of your bandeau. Note: For some extra stability, you could add some wide no-roll elastic into the waistband, if desired.
7. Hem three edges of your infinity ties with a rolled hem, leaving one of the short edges raw.
8. Fold the raw edge in half and pin them to the waistband with the folds at the center front.
9. Attach the front and back skirt panels at the side seams. Tip: You can easily add some inseam pockets here first!
10. Attach the skirt to the waistband of your bodice before hemming.