Dress: me (tutorial below) similar dress here and here | Sandals: Target | Bag: TJ Maxx (similar here) | Sunglasses: Steve Madden | Watch: Michael Kors | Necklace: Perlo c/o | Bracelet: Lulu Dharma c/o | Rings: Nissa c/o (similar here)

It isn’t getting much cooler around here, so I’ve been living in my summer shift dresses lately. (tutorial below).  I made about 7 last summer (see my other versions here, here, and here), and I have just been rotating them just about every week.  They are the perfect way to keep cool and stay comfortable!

Click below for the tutorial…

  • Basic tee.  I used my favorite tee ever.  (I own at least 7 of these tops and rotate them regularly)
  • 1 1/2 yards of knit fabric.  (My favorite place to get knits online is here.  Most everything in this jersey knit section should work great this dress.  However, I would stay away from the tissue, burnout, and slub knits, as they are too see-through to be worn as a dress.  One other word of advice; if you see a fabric you like, jump on it as soon as you can, because fabric does tend to sell out quickly.)
  • Pattern/tracing paper (optional but recommended)
  • Matching thread
  • Double needle (optional)

 * I always create the patterns for my garments first rather than cutting right into the fabric.  It makes it really easy to make more of the same garment in the future because I know I will get the right fit.

 * You cut your neckband shorter than your measurement because it will keep your neckband from stretching and folding open while you wear it.  It is cut with the stretch running width-wise, so you will need to pull the neckband as you pin and sew.

 This will give you a nice pointed V.  I also clipped into the selvage a bit so that it would iron flat.

 * I stitched the ends together (R sides together) right before I attached the neckband.

Serge or straight stitch using a stretch stitch to attach the neckband.

* I folded the sleeves and dress bottom under about 3/4″ and stitched it with a double needle.

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