I whipped up this lovely peasant dress using the Sis Boom Meghan Dress for a super-cool event called The Summer of No Pants 2011 (what a great idea! Go check it out for all the festivities, and my guest post!). Even if you have never sewn clothing for yourself before, this pattern is probably the easiest place to start, and if you're not really into dresses, you can always shorten and make it into a cute top!
Fabric - I used about 1-1/2 yards of Amy Butler Fuchsia Tree in chartreuse, from the Soul Blossoms line. Such an awesome print! Besides the fabric, all you need to make this is a bit of knit elastic for underneath the bust, at the neckline, and for the sleeves.
Pattern Pieces - This dress pattern makes all sizes from 0 through 3X. This is a .pdf pattern, and it calls for 4-5 pattern pieces to be printed out (the bodice pieces are assembled from multiple pieces). There are several length and sleeve options (including a longer bell sleeve) to choose from. The most interesting part of the Sis Boom patterns is that you don't need to struggle to visualize what dress length would work best for you; there are illustrations of several heights of women, and it actually shows the measurements your skirt would need to be and where it would hit on your leg, corresponding to your height! How cool!
Illustrations/Instructions - I have worked with another Sis Boom sewing pattern in the past (the Jamie Dress), and these are the most crystal-clear patterns to work with. Each step is accompanied by a visual explanation, so there shouldn't be much doubt in your mind as to what you need to do next.
To make this dress, all you need to do is assemble the bodice pieces using a straight stitch. You will be making a casing in several places, which is an enclosed area through which you will later insert your elastic, which makes the fabric bunch up and gather toward your body. The skirt is straight.
I did not make any modifications to this pattern while making the dress. Since you are using elastic around the bustline, neck, and arms, you can choose to lengthen or shorten your elastic before sewing it in permanently, which makes it tailor to a variety of different body types.
I've worn this dress several times now, and I usually wear it with a belt (as pictured), as I feel like the belt breaks it up a little bit (and also prevents me from looking like I have no chest to speak of, lol). I am not sure if I like the way the skirt falls straight, as I'm more of a full-skirt type of girl, but I would definitely jump at the chance to make this pattern again as a top!
Conclusion - Thank you to Marigold for hosting this wonderful Summer of No Pants event! I am personally pledging to wear more dresses this summer and save myself from boring old jeans and t-shirts! If you are not new to sewing clothing, this project will be a quick evening affair, and if you've never sewn anything to wear...what are you waiting for?! Because I've gotta tell you...this is so easy, it's just what you need to get your feet wet!
P.S. I'm also linking up toSew Modern Monday and Fabric Tuesday!