Summer is well underway and I find myself lacking an essential summer wardrobe dress staple; the French Striped Dress. No one can deny that the French have some serious style and some of their pieces seem to never really go out of style. This French-inspired dress is one of them. When I came up with it, I was thinking of something that a 1960s Brigitte Bardot would have worn. So, to remedy the deficiency in my wardrobe, I’m going to make myself a comfortable French Striped Dress to have to wear in the months (and years) ahead. This tutorial will have instructions on how to first make the pattern, and then make the dress from scratch. Read on for my full tutorial!
Hello! It’s been a hot summer this year, and I have been living in dresses (which I have to admit is one of my favorite parts of summer!) I’ve been thinking about adding a new dress to my summer wardrobe and finally got some time to make it happen. So today we will be making a nice, comfortable striped summer dress perfect for hot and lazy August evenings (my favorite weather, in fact!). This dress will have a v-neckline in the front and back, an elastic waistband, and very useful front pockets. We will first make our pattern using an old dress as a guide, and then our striped dress. Read on for my Striped Summer Dress Tutorial!
My husband snuck this photo of me getting ready. He’s the best. 🙂
T-shirt dresses are one of my favorite things because they are extremely comfortable and quick to get dressed in. Today, we’re going to make a t-shirt dress, but jazz it up a bit with some lace trimming. This will keep the comfort factor, but allow me to wear it dressed up to fancier events. This dress will have short sleeves, a scooped neckline, and inseam pockets. Read along for my DIY fancy t-shirt dress tutorial …
My sewing goal while pregnant is to make dresses that will still look good after my belly is back to normal. So maternity wear that is able to translate into normal wear. Previous attempts include my Long Sleeve Sheath Dress Tutorial, Simplicity’s 1360 dress, and my Breezy Trapeze Dress Tutorial. Today, in my attempt to do that, we will make a boxy summer dress with a v-neck both in the front and the back that sports little tiny sleeves. To help the dress keep its shape up top and not fall off the shoulders, we will add a small strip of material across the back v-neck. This dress idea was inspired after a Silence + Noise Vega shift dress that was selling at Urban Outfitters, which is unfortunately sold out. I was originally planning on adding some front rectangular patch pockets, but since my belly is 37 weeks out at this time, it’s hard to gauge exactly where I want to put them. So, I plan on adding them after my little man makes his grand entrance. While pregnant, I always feel that adding a belt helps flatter my shape but without a belt looks nice too! I just think it’s just best to show off that tummy rather than hide it. 🙂 Read along for my DIY double v-neck boxy dress tutorial…
Today we will be making a fun trapeze dress for this wonderful, much needed warm weather. A trapeze dress is one that takes on the shape of a trapezoid in that it is short on the top and long at the bottom. It is tight fitting around the arms and in a straight line, flares out to a dramatic width at the bottom. This trapeze dress tutorial is perfect for me since I am pregnant and looking for something airy that I can wear during the heat of the summer.
Though this style of dress is a dream for the pregnant lady, it’s also lovely on non-pregnant ladies as well! I read somewhere that the secret to a chic trapeze dress is that it must be above the knee so we will aim for that here (though I will leave it a little longer to accommodate my growing bump as I can hem it again later). This dress will adorn short sleeves, a scooped neckline, and inseam pockets.
I am pregnant, and am ready to show the world! Well, at least my coworkers. After months of wearing baggy shirts, I’m ready to make a form-fitting dress with my long sleeve sheath dress tutorial. I want to show off all my new maternal curves. So today, we’re going to make a sheath dress, plain and unadorned, but one that fits to your body. Since I am pregnant and hoping to wear this for a little while yet, I’m going to add a little bit of room around the midsection to accommodate some belly growth. It’s still quite cold outside, so this one will adorn long sleeves. For those pregnant ladies out there, other dresses you can make that will grow with your bump include Simplicity’s 1360 dress, my Breezy Trapeze Dress Tutorial, and my Double V-Neck Boxy Dress Tutorial.
I love to dress up, but must say that I have a hard time when it’s cold out. So, for my winter wardrobe, I decided to make this comfy and cozy sweaterdress with long sleeves and an elastic waistband. To add to the comfort factor, I added front pockets, because, honestly, who doesn’t love a dress with pockets? Now onto our comfy, cozy sweatdress tutorial!