Another thing that has been clear through this process is that I desperately need a dress form. I'm having a hard time getting those shots of what the dress should look like on me (lack of full length mirrors without laundry in the background, short child arms, caffeinated shaky hands, and general disdain for how the outfits look on me.) It looks okay on the floor but you can't see how it drapes...
Anyway--to the tutorial! (Which I have to finish quickly since it's Mother's Day and we have a whole bunch of gardening/crafting/hiking planned!!!)
How to make a dress without a pattern:
You will need:
1. Sewing machine;
2. Matching thread;
4. Sewing machine,
5. Equal fabric for lining and outer fabric; (You will probably need somewhere between 3 and 4 yards of each lining and outer fabric--how do you know for sure? Pick a dress out of your closet you love and you will need about an extra 10 inches or so to hemming, etc., from the shoulders to the hem--so measure that dress and then add 20 inches to the measurement and buy that length);
6. Trim (I used some old lace for the neck line);
8. Belt to cinch waist (or you can sew a corresponding sash either to your neckline trim or the inner lining.
1. Start by selecting your fabrics. In this case, the dark green is going to be my lining fabric and light green fabric is my outer fabric. These are soft cottons. I had to do a lot of ironing.
8. Try on again and adjust the length to about 2 inches below what you want it to ultimately be. Try it on with a belt before you make this determination because the gathering at the waist will make it shorter and I don't want to be blamed for you flashing your girly bits at the office!
Oh look! A wonky thing happening! I've never seen that before! (Not!)
10. Try your dress on again. Cut your neck hole down to where you want it. For those of the larger breasted persuasion, I would recommend a higher neckline, especially if this is a work dress.