Monday, 18 August 2014

How To: Minimal Low Back Strap Dress

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There's a special place in my heart for 90's vibe slip dresses (and a lot of other things 90's vibe). Other things on my love list include thin straps and minimalist, sleek lines. Enter the basic white summer dress.

TOOLS:
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About 1.5m of non-see through fabric (I used satin but with the 'wrong' side out, feels amazing against skin)  |  Scissors  |  Fabric marker  |  Tube ribbon (about 1.2m if doing x-back)  | Pins  | Needle & Thread/Sewing machine

I. Trace the front and back pieces. Do a deeper V for the back piece and slight A-line for both. Also cut out a small piece of lining as shown in steps III & IV.
 photo 1trace_zps5f5cf9ef.jpg II. Sew the shoulder straps in place as shown below. This will help make sure everything stays straight when sewing the lining.
 photo 2sewstraps_zps47d8618c.jpg III. Pin the lining pieces together with the front and back piece. Sew a straight stitch about 0.5 cm from the edge.
 photo 3backpiecelining_zpsd6d95288.jpg  photo 4frontpiecelining_zps3d4b3176.jpg IV. Cut small triangles out from the seam allowance for both the front and back pieces. Fold right side out and iron the seam.
 photo 5trimlinings_zps9b82d647.jpg V. Place front and back pieces right sides facing and pin the edges together. Sew all the way using a straight stitch. If the fabric you're using frays, zigzag the edges.
 photo 6pinedges_zpsab8eb2e4.jpg VI. Zigzag the hem and iron an approx. 2 cm fold, hand-stitching the hem. All done!
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Selfmade dress, Birks, Vintage self-reconstructed coat

xo,

Julia

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