I don’t know why, but I’m in love with boxy dresses these days. They are my weakness. They are comfy and pretty. Especially when I have knee high boots to marry the look with. Can’t wait to put some black stockings, floppy wool hat and a fur coat on top of this bad boy. I can have such a great 70s vibe. It was also surprisingly easy to make, once you have all the things carefully cut out to your size (it took me a few tries with the darn sleeves – my weakness), then the rest is straight forward. By the way…excuse the wrinkles, I was sitting in a car driving around my second to fall asleep so I could snap these photos…couldn’t stay presses forever right?
dress: self-made (tutorial below) shoes: thrifted (similar boots or here) necklace: jewelmint
2 yards of fabric – it can be flowy or a little stiff, either way works. Mine is a flowy cotton/ply blend.
1. Follow the instructions below on how to cut out your dress….I used a shirt that I liked the boxy fit of and traced it out onto fabric, then marked the length I liked. Then did the rest below.
2. Sew up the side seams and the shoulder seams. Open the neckline to how wide you like.
3. Sew the sleeves on by first centering the sleeve’s arch to the center of the shoulder seam, pinning right sides together. Then pin along the edge of the sleeve opening and sleeve’s curved side. This is where I usually measure the length of the sleeve, I pin where I need to sew it into a tube. Then attach it.
4. Seam rip open the bottom 4 inches or so, then cut the bottom how you would like, I made the back an inch longer then the front.
5. Iron the bottom under a 1/4″, then an inch.
6. On the edges (where the side seams will be touching), flip the bottom the opposite direction, so the right sides are touching, then sew the width of the hem (1″). also serge the edges so they don’t fray.
7. Flip it right side out and you will see this clean line.
8. Topstitch the edge under at least 1/4″ on both sides, then square off the time.
9. Hem the bottom.
Optional: Cut a pocket (mine was about 4″x4″) and iron 1/4″ all around. topstitch and serge the top edge. Pin it to your dress while you are trying it on, then topstitch around the pocket, leaving the top open.