Make your own pattern for a boho dress
In my previous blog I’ve shown a recap of Time to shine! capsule wardrobe and now it’s time to fill the ‘gaps’. In a capsule wardrobe you plan which items of clothing need to be in it and within which colour palette. Now that the largest part of the wardrobe has been sewn, I notice that there isn’t a summer dress in it that’s also suitable to wear to work. A nice flowy summer yet decent dress, if you know what I mean. That’s why the theme of this blog: Make your own pattern for a boho dress!
Time for a plan. The plan is executed with the BERNINA 590 Crystal Edition.
With this new plan for the summer dress, I naturally want to stay within the predefined colour palette. I came across this beautiful lurex viscose from Verhees Textiles. So cute with those little flowers and extra shine because of the golden ‘spots’.
Create the pattern
You can easily make the pattern for this summer dress yourself. Use a basic pattern for the bodice with sleeves of choice. Choose a pattern that you already have and that fits you well. It can be a dress, top or blouse. I chose a pattern with which I have already created a number of dresses, a nice basis.
Start by cutting the bodice pattern pieces. Cut front and back at (or slightly above) waist height. Cut the sleeve pattern at (or slightly above) elbow height.
Gathered strips are sewn to the bodice. You calculate the length of the strips yourself. The number of strips and/or the width of the strips depends on how long you want the summer dress to be.
For the skirt part of my summer dress I cut three strips that are each 1.5 times the length of the pattern piece it is sewn to. The width of the strips increases slightly. There is also a straight gathered strip on the sleeve.
The numbered strips are (excluding 1 cm seam value):
- 1.5 times the length of the circumference of the bodice and 15 cm wide
- 1.5 times the length of strip 1 and 18 cm wide
- 1.5 times the length of strip 2 and 20 cm wide
- 1.5 times the length of the circumference of the sleeve and 15 cm wide.
When you cut the strips, it is useful to label them immediately. Label which strip it is, but also what the top of the strip is.
The bodice I chose for this summer dress has a front button closure with 6 buttons. The many beautiful colours in the fabric make it difficult to choose a button. To stay on the Time to shine! theme (and because they’ll match beautifully with my cool sandals) I opt for the green buttons with gold details that I found on one of my thrift trips.
Even before I started making the buttons and buttonholes, I tried on the body first. The fit was good, but I decided that I still needed a collar. I cut a stand-up collar from another blouse and with this the bodice was complete.
After that it’s straight forward task. With right sides together you sew each strip together on the short side. Then you sew two gathering threads (stitch length 6) at the top of all strips. I mark the centre front and centre back of the bodice and the strips and also one side seam of the strip (the other side seam is where the short sides are stitched. Let the marks match and sew the first gathered strip to the bodice, the next on the first strip, etc. You repeat the same for the sleeves. Finish your seams neatly with an over locker. I’ve used my bernette 64 AIRLOCK . The bottom strip and the sleeve strips you finished with a rolled hem.
This quickly sewn summer dress is a nice addition to the Time to shine! capsule wardrobe. There is only one problem….which shoes do I wear ;-)?
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