I about gave up on making clothes for myself. I would get all excited and spend lots of time trying to make something, just to get done with it and hate it. Then never wear it. I have about 3 dresses hanging in my closet that I never wear. With this free dress tutorial by Burda Style hanging out in my clothes board on pinterest, and $2 fabric laying in my “someday maybe ill get to you” bin, I couldn’t resist giving it another shot. In the end I really do like it. I am PLANNING on wearing it. We will see if that happens. Here is the finished product….
The original pattern did not include a belt. My dress ended up being a little bit to big so I whipped up a belt to kind of gather it and make it more fitted. These are quick and easy to make and you could let your imagination run wild as far as embellishments and fun things to add to it. Here’s what I did:
If you do a lace belt, start by cutting one strip of plain fabric and one strip of lace 4″ wide by your waist measurement +2 inches. Lay the plain strip right side up and then lay the lace on top of the plain strip, also right side up.
Fold in half and pin. Sew along the long side. Then turn inside out.
Then iron it so the seam is in the middle of the back side. Fold short ends in and iron. Start sewing a top stitch around the entire belt to close the short ends and to add a finished look. Once top stitch is done wrap belt around you to see where you want to put the velcro. Cut a piece of velcro and sew on the ends.
Now its ready to wear!!
After I was all done I decided they would make cute head bands to if they were shorter!!