The one thing about the first version I wanted to change was the neckline- it doesn’t lay totally flat all the time. I thought a neck band would work better. With one tiny seam I made it a V-neck… but it could go either way. I also banded the sleeves this time around.
Remember this dress?
I have been meaning to make a few more of them- but haven’t gotten around to it till now.
I had this cute purplish fabric in my stash and thought I would try again, but add a couple of twists.
I like the high-low look so I thought it would be a fun twist. I basically did a straight front hemline and just curved the back. I really like how it turned out.
Here is the original tutorial if you want to make one.
Once you have your pattern made (using that tutorial) you can create the neckband. My general rule of thumb is to measure around your neckline (minus seam allowance) using a measuring tape. Take that measurement and multiply it by 80%. That will be the length of your neckband. For the width, take how wide you want it, double that and add a seam allowance times 2. So for example, I wanted my band to be 1/2″ wide. With a 1/4″ seam allowance, my neckband was
1 1/2″ wide.
For the sleeve bands, I measured around the arm hole, (minus the seam allowance) and cut the band the same length.
Once you have your pattern pieces and bands, you can follow this tutorial to sew the dress. Same as sewing a tee- just longer! FYI- I now divide the band into quarters, and the neckline as well, then pin at the marks. Then stretch the band to match up with the pins.
Or, here is my pattern if you want to make a size M.
Arm bands: 14″ long by 1.5″ wide
Neck band: 24″ long by 1.5″ wide
Here is what your pattern will look like put together:
My dress is patterned off of an Old Navy tee that is a size medium. If you don’t want the high-low, just cut the dress at your desired length.
Feel free to adjust the neckline and sleeve length too- there are so many options!