I'm so excited to share with you a dress that I made for myself WITHOUT a pattern...sort of. I traced a store-bought dress that I had which fit me really well. I have a picture of that dress at the bottom of my post.
I laid my store-bought dress on the floor and traced the outline of it in pencil. I discovered that it helps to "pin" the paper to the outfit you are tracing. I traced the front side, the back side, and also the sleeves.
I used a really nice drapey knit I purchased from Girl Charlee and made my arm bands and lower dress band out of gray ribknit binding. Oh my gosh...doing that alone makes this dress incredibly easy to stitch together because there is no hemming involved. On the arm bands, I turned them up so they are a cuff. I really thought matching all these stripes up would be difficult to do, but it wasn't. I used my walking foot on my sewing machine to sew all seams and then finished them with my serger. I find this is better to prevent shifting of the fabric.
I made my hat too! It is called the Tulip Stitch Slouchy Crochet Hat pattern. I purchased it from an Etsy store called Lifeinsmallspaces. I'm a beginner crocheter but this pattern was relatively easy for me to do. I want to make them in several colors for this winter.
and here is the dress that I traced. You can see that it has a really large cowl neck. It takes a lot of fabric! I had only 2 yards of fabric to work with and I was elated that I could get all pieces cut from it. I didn't have an 1/8 of an inch to spare! I got lucky.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley