Wanna make the easiest dress in the world? Silly question!
This dress is the easiest thing I’ve ever made, by a long way. There aren’t a million pieces to fit together. No darts, no shaping. It has a front and a back, a bit of bias binding, and all the shaping comes from a drawstring. I made this in an afternoon. I’ve never made anything in an afternoon before! So quick and easy – perfect! 😀
The most time-consuming part for me was making the drawstring, which, in a fit of complete madness, I decided to sew by hand. It took hours! Hand sewing is a lengthy business. In fact, I lied a little bit when I said I made this dress in an afternoon – I had actually prepared the drawstring a few days before. I’m still fairly certain you could make this in a day though, especially if you’re good at hand stitching. Plus, you could always ditch making your drawstring by hand if you can persuade it to go through your machine. Or you could buy a bit of ribbon or cord. I used pre-cut bias binding for mine, which I pressed into place and then slip stitched the two sides together. I don’t actually know whether I was slip stitching. I just think that’s what it’s called. You could even swap the drawstring for elastic or a bit of shirring easily enough, I assume, if you’d prefer.
What is the pattern? I hear you ask. 😉 It’s called the Quilting Bee Dress. I got my pattern as a free download with a special issue of Mollie Makes last year. It was called Mollie Makes Sewing. I can’t remember exactly when I got it, but it may not available anymore (it says Spring 2014 on the front cover). However, the pattern is also available in the book Just For You, by Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield. I don’t have the book, but it looks like it contains some nice patterns.
There’s just one little snag – no pockets! What was I thinking? I must have been concentrating so much that I completely forgot to add pockets. Oh, well. I’ll definitely use this pattern again so I can add pockets next time. 🙂
I can’t write this post without giving a little shout out to everyone who participated in Me Made May, created by Zoe from So, Zo… What do you know? I don’t know about anyone else, but I have developed some major Me Made May envy over the past few weeks! I’ve really enjoyed seeing everyone’s posts about it, and I was so jealous that I wasn’t able to participate myself. I mean, I could have, but I would have had to get a lot of wear out of about five garments. So, I’m pledging here and now that I will take part in Me Made May next year. I will have enough handmades to join in by then, I will.