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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Nautical

I am currently in love with anything nautical these days.  There is just something so classic and charming about navy and white stripes.


The nice thing about nautical touches is that you can add them to your home, or your wardrobe.  That is what inspired me to create this piece:


I picked up the striped fabric at the LA Fabric District for only $2 a pound.  I only got about 4 yards of it, and I am kicking myself now for not just buying the whole bolt. 

Lets take a look at how I created it, shall we?

I started off with just a simple white top I snagged from Forever 21 for $3.  T-shirt dresses are my current fav because they are so simple and the best part is that you don't need a zipper (sewing zippers make me throw fits).

I wanted an empire waist on the dress, so I marked where I wanted the waistband, then added on another 1/2" for the seam.

Then I cut my waistband, one piece for the front, one for the back.  I wanted the waistband to be 2" wide,  so I cut my strips 3" wide, allowing for 1/2" seams on the top and bottom.  For the length, I just measured along the bottom of the shirt and added 1/2" for each side.  So I had 2 strips that were 15 1/2" long and 3" wide.

When cutting, keep in mind the direction you want your stripes to go for your waistband and your skirt.  I wanted horizontal stripes on the waistband, and vertical stripes on the skirt.

Now onto the skirt.  I wanted the bottom to flair out just a hair, so I cut out 2 pieces that were 15 1/2" wide at the top (same as the waistband), and 25 1/2" at the bottom (keeping in mind the 1/2" seam on both sides).  

As far as length goes, I always hem my dresses very last, so I just made sure that it was about 5" longer than I wanted it, just to be on the safe side.  The finished product ended up being 25" long, with 1'2" seam at the top, and a 1" hem.

Then I attached the waistband to the skirt, for both the front and back sections.  I simply placed the right sides of the fabric together and sewed a 1/2" seam.


When you lift the waistband, you can see it's starting to come along.  At this point, I ironed out this section so that everything laid nice and flat.  
(please forgive the basting stitch that you can see.  I initially was going to gather it, but decided against it, so I picked the basting stitch out later)

Next I sewed my front and back sections of the skirt together at the sides with a 1/2" seam (again, right sides together).  Then, open up those seams and iron them flat.
(sorry, no picture!)

This next part may be a little tricky. I flipped the skirt and shirt inside out, then I slipped my shirt down into the top section of the skirt. So now, you should have the right side of the waistband touching the right side of the shirt, and you should be looking at the wrong sides of the fabric.
(look closely at the picture)

From there, I pinned it and sewed the shirt to the waistband with 1/2" seam. When you pin, make sure that you line up the side seams of the shirt with the side seams of the waistband so that it turns out nice and clean.

Once you've attached the shirt to the skirt, you're almost there! Just press the top seams both down so that they go into the waistband. Since the shirt is white, I didn't want to see any seams poking up through the top section of the dress.

Then, just hem your skirt to the desired length, and you're all set! I did add a couple pockets with gold buttons to add a little more natuicality (just made up that word).


Now you’re all set for a party at the Hamptons, or a stroll to the beach. Since I am in Utah, I will do neither, and sit in my dress on my couch watching The Bachelorette.

47 comments:

  1. Would you mind sharing what type of fabric you used? This is such a cute dress! Love it!

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  2. Sooo cute! I need to make me one!

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  3. Darling! You are so creative. I am loving this blog already!

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  4. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!! Cute modeling pic too!

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  5. I'm not 100% positive what kind of fabric it was since I just grabbed it out of a bin at the fabric district, but it was a printed knit. It isn't as stretchy as a jersey fabric, and is a little thicker. Hope that helps!

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  6. you make it look so simple!! i'm amazed by your talent! and jealous!

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  7. Ditto to all comments above. I might just have to pay you to make me cute clothes since I'm pretty sure if I tried that, it would look like a 4 year old sewed it. I'm very impressed!

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  8. Okay, so did you just make the opening on the bottom 10" longer than the waist width and call it good, or was there a reason behind the 10"? I want to make something similar but I don't know how big to make the opening.

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  9. Absolutely darling!! I love those types of dresses and I am with you on the whole natical theme...I love it too!.
    My brother went to the L.A. fabric district just a few weeks ago(we live about 2-3 hrs away from it.) and he came over to tell me all about it and how I would love it there.He makes Native American Regalias.
    We have planned a trip there in August when he takes his vacation.... I can't wait!!

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  10. I love this dress! Thanks for the tutorial. I can't wait until I find some fabric I love so I can make one for myself.

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  11. this is really stunning. You did a great job, the fabric is perfect and your pictures are beautiful!

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  12. LOVE this! The pocket detail makes it!

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  13. LOVE this tutorial! I tried to make a dress out of a shirt the other day, and it didn't go so well. . . but this inspires me to try again! Thanks for sharing :]

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  14. Love the necklace too. . . where did it come from?

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  15. I just finished making my daughter a T-shirt dress, and it hadn't occured to me that an adult size one could be so cute! Now I'm off to make one for me. :)

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  16. Thanks Mandy, I got the necklace from Downeastbasics.com. I just checked their accessories page and I don't see the necklace online anymore! I didn't get it very long ago, so it may be available later.

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  17. I am small and forever getting frustrated buying dresses. This looks like something I'd wear so it is definitely worth a try. Thank you for sharing!

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  18. Hi :) Only just found your blog and just started one of my own (only two posts so far!!) and have just linked this tutorial. Hope this is ok? Realised afterwards I should have asked first. Have just made a little version of this for my ten year old. First thing I ever made...and finished!! Thanks for the awesome explanations and photos.

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  19. So gorgeous! How many yards of the skirt fabric did you use here and for the Coral Dress? I'm wondering the difference in required yardage between the gathered and straight skirts. Thanks!

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  20. I've been trying to find cute patterns all night and this is one of the few i actually stumbled upon.

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  21. i love this and the dress you made w/ the skirt! just recently ive been wanting to learn how. my friend sent me your blog and immediately im adding stuff to my to-do list. then i read your about me section and find your husband is in byu law. well, mine too and i feel like i should just sign up for private lessons (not really, that'd be embarrassing with my level of knowledge). but really, i am gong to try one of this skirt...... motivation? no zipper :)

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  22. I love this! I live in Utah and I actually wanted something nautical! Do you recommend any of the fabric stores around here? And did you use a stretch cotton or what did you use for this skirt?

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  23. In love with this dress, I want one! I just hate sewing with knits, maybe I need to try a different needle. Thanks for sharing your so talented!

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  24. i just made one for myself. however i didn't have a knit fabric just cotton. i had to make a lot of adjustments. now i understand why it is important to use the knit fabric. thank you!! i have 2 more ideas in my mind.
    i am interested in making one that will stretch through my next pregnancy...like a maxi dress. any thoughts on that would be great. thanks. jenny

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  25. OMG! I am so inspired. Someone made some dresses for me (jumpers) that don't fit on the top. I had purchased coordinated t shirts to go underneath. So, I'm going to attach the bottom of the dress to the t shirt and voila!!! Thank you so much.

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  26. I am going to do this! Thanks so much for your stylish, modest, adorable and easy to follow tutorials- you are fabulous!

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  27. Oh, I have GOT to do this...so many possibilities and variations...and easy! Thank you for the great post!

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  28. Just came across this lovely tutorial and your sweet blog!!! I am now a follower! {Beautiful}!! Thank you for sharing! Just shared with my lovelies!


    {HUGS} and Blessings,
    Stephanie

    Shop: www.polkadotbungalow.etsy.com
    Blog: www.polkadotbungalow.blogspot.com
    Facebook: Polka Dot Bungalow

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  29. Lovely! i love you site! i added you to my blogroll in my website www.mameeandmefashion.com i wanted to make a clothes for my little girl and me :)Thanks!

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  30. Such a great dress for summertime!
    Jenny

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  31. i just found you from your comment on MADE about the LA garment district. I'm a new follower!
    Jamie

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  32. I just made one for my daughter using modal/spandex fabric. So cute! Im next for one. Thank you so much for teaching us how. Can you do a tutorial for the maxi skirt??? Oh- PLEASE!!! Teresa (o:

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  33. I love your blog! I am new to sewing, but your tutorials are so great and easy to follow! Thanks for posting them! I have only tried this one so far, but I can't wait to make more!!! Thanks again!

    mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com

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  34. I love your necklace! And all your talent of course!

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  35. Oh my I love your blog!! You are so talented and I wanted to make all your creations ha!

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  36. So jealous of your fabric finds, that stripe is awesome!! I would love to buy fabric by the pound! Never been to the LA garment district but ohhhhh I would love to go.

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  37. precious - just precious - i ADORE the pockets on the slant!!

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  38. You are so talented, thank you for sharing! I want to make one with fabric generous enough to fit over my pregnant belly. This is a perfect idea for my shower since it is a nautical theme! I must figure out dimensions for the belly or stretchy enough fabric.

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  39. SOOOOO awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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  40. Thank you so much for recommending that $2 lbs fabric store in the LA fashion district! I was in heaven as soon as I walked in.

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  41. I just made this dress. It came out so cute. I will say that working with elastic thread is frustrating though.

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  42. Help lol. Okay I tried to make this, and if I measure my waist I can't get it over my shoulders or hips. But if I measure to fit over the other parts the waist of my dress is about 4-5 inches to big so it hangs funny. How did you get this be so tailored to your body? Thanks

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  43. I really like this dress. I've tried to make a t-shirt dress once before, but had a really hard time attaching the skirt to the cut-off t-shirt. Did you do anything special? I use a very old Singer (original 1950-model), with only a straight stitch. Any ideas? Thanks so much for posting this tutorial.

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  45. Very stylish dress. I featured it here:
    http://sewprettysewfree.blogspot.com/2013/05/nautical-dress-sewing-tutorial.html

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  46. What an inspiration! Using a T-shirt that fits so no adjusting for the bust or shoulders and using knit fabrics so it just skims your body. This would look great on anyone.

    Thanks

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