Let’s face it: Jersey dresses are divinely comfortable but finding one that’s comfortable and unique is a bit of a challenge. A lot of them start to look the same after a while, right? With our Cyrus Premium Ultra-Soft Rayon Jersey, we wanted to create a fresh take on the jersey dress—one that will stand out amongst the others in your closet. The Whittaker Dress Free Sewing Pattern has a simple silhouette, but the asymmetrical neckline and side slit give it that extra oomph! I’d love to see this styled for fall with some ankle boots and a motorcycle jacket, or layered with a high neck long sleeve bodysuit underneath. How will you style the Whittaker dress for autumn?
The seam allowance for this dress is ⅜”.
I used a serger for most of this dress, but if your sewing machine has overlocking capabilities that would work too.
How to sew the dress:
1. On the front and back dress pieces, serge each raw edge where the slit will be. Then fold once and sew a ¾” hem using a stretch stitch on your machine. This step is for the slit only.
2. Right sides together, fold the strap lengthwise and serge together to create a tube. Turn right side out.
3. With the dress pieces right sides together, serge the shoulder pieces together.
4. Fold the neckline hem band lengthwise, wrong sides together. Pin to the right side of the neckline, making sure the raw edges are all lined up. If the edges of your fabric are curling, take your time when pinning everything together. The picture in step 7 shows the placement. Stretch the hem band while pinning, if needed.
5. Find the markings on the front & back dress pieces for the shoulder strap, then pin the strap on top of the hem band. The strap’s seam should be facing the wearer’s right. Make sure the strap isn’t twisted. Serge everything together.
6. Repeat step 4 to serge the armhole hem band to the dress, then serge.
7. Serge the front and back dress pieces together at the sides, right sides together. The serged seams at the hem bands should face down. On the wearer’s left side, stop at the top of the slit to leave it open.
8. Serge the bottom hem, then single fold and sew a ¾” hem using a stretch stitch on your machine.
9. Tack the shoulder strap to the neckline hem band to keep it in place.