If you're not sewing-inclined or you don't have a sewing machine, I would love to make you a dress! I sell them in my Etsy shop.
I used jersey material similar to this for my dress, but most fabrics with some stretch will work. Experiment with different types and colors of ribbon to create even more looks. Below are a few different ways of styling the dress:
*I would suggest double-knotting your bows... with most styles, an untied bow means that the dress will immediately fall to the ground! Try it, you'll see what I mean.
Hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, feel free to pass it on to your DIY-loving friends. And don't forget to send me pictures of the finished product!
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For detailed written instructions on how to make the Fifteen Minute Dress, click "Read More" below.
1) Cut two rectangles. Measure or hold fabric up to your body to establish the garment length; it should be about the distance from your armpit to your knees. For the width, measure from the edge of one hip to the other. Add six inches and this is your width. Cut out two rectangles of this size.
2) Stitch the hem (optional). I didn't sew a hem on mine because I prefer a raw edge on jersey. If you'd prefer a hem, fold the raw edge of the shorter side of the fabric over and press. Stitch along the fold with a tight, even stitch. Do the same for both sides.
3) Create a casing for the ribbon. Iron the top of each piece of fabric, pressing the edge over about one inch. Stitch along the folded edge with a tight, even stitch. This creates space for the ribbon to be threaded through. Do this with both rectangles.
4) Put the front and back together. Lay the rectangles flat, with the right (outside) sides facing towards each other. Pin the sides together from the bottom hem up to about six inches short of the top. Stitch the two pieces of fabric together on each side.
5) Thread the ribbon through the casing. Now, take your ribbon and clip a safety pin onto one end (start with 5 yards of ribbon, and then you can trim it to the correct length later). The safety pin will help you thread the ribbon through the casing. Push the ribbon through the casing on the front of the dress, and continue right on to the back side so that you end up with the two ribbons emerging at the gap on one side of the dress.
And believe it or not, you’re done!