For this project you will need some nice stretchy fabric that would be cute as a dress- depending on your dress size would depend on the amount of fabric that you will need.
I am attempting to make something similar to this dress:
First get a dress from your closet that fits your body really well- and use it to make the basis of your pattern. If you dont have a dress that you love- take measurements of your hips, bottom and chest and make the markings on your material and draw how you will like your dress to look.
If you are tracing an old dress- you can change up the look once you get your hips and waist and sleeves drawn up. I use a disappearing fabric pen to make the markings on my material. It disappears with in 72 hours completely, sometimes sooner. I wanted my neck to be lower than the black dress- so I made my own neck line. Start cutting the dress fabric. I folded over one side that was already cut to make the dress as symmetrical as possible. Then cut the other side.
I initially wanted the back neck of the dress to be a lot lower than the front so I only cut out the front- if you want the front and back to look exactly the same- you can cut them both out at the same time to save time. Just fold your fabric in half and you can cut two pieces at once. If you are using stripes it is very important to make sure they are lined up exactly the same- or it is going to look weird while you are wearing it.
The dress is now cut. Time to pin. You need to pin right sides together. Right side to right side. Pin the shoulder straps together first- then sew. Then pin the sides of the dress together. And then sew- again make very sure that the stripes are lined up. That is if you are using a striped material.
I did not hem the neck line or the arm holes or the bottom of the dress. I like the frayed look- although this fabric will not fray, I still like the unfinished look. I am hoping to get a serger soon and I may have hemmed the bottom if I had a serger, but I like it this way for now- That is the wonderful thing about making your own clothes- you can make them however you want!!
I hope you like the dress and will show me yours!!