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Sew Easy Sundress
Sew Easy Sundress

Created by: Milinda Stephenson

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Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Time: 3 Hours

When the weather gets hot, all you want is a nice easy sundress to pull on and head out in. Using just 1 1/2 yards of fabric and an old tank top (or you can probably find one cheap at a clearance table at your favorite store), you can have a quick and easy sundress you can wear around the house or on the town!

Janome Supplies Required:

  • Horizon Memory Craft 12000
  • Zig-Zag Foot
  • Rolled Hem Foot D
  • AcuFeed Flex Twin with OD foot

Fabric and Notions Required:

  • 1 Tank Top
  • 1 Yard wide elastic
  • 1 1/2 yards silky material for skirt
  • Pins
  • Thread

Instructions:

  1. Measure the elastic - You'll need to decide if you want your waist to sit at your natural waist or just below your bust for a empire style waist. Measure around your desired waist band location. Add one inch to this measurement and cut elastic to size.
  2. Measure material for skirt of dress - Measure around you hips and add 4-6"; the more you add, the fuller the skirt will be. Cut a width of material based upon this measurement. Measure from the spot you've decided your waistband will be, either your bust or natural waist, to where you would like the hem of your skirt to fall. Or you could measure this lenght of a garment you already own that falls where you'd like this to fall. Cut material to this length.
  3. Trim tank top - Draw a chalk line at your desired waistband height, either your bust or natural waist. Cut off the bottom of the tank top.
  4. Sew elastic together - Sew the ends of the elastic together, with ride sides together using the stretch stitch on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000. Stitch number 6. Turn to the right side of the fabric and top stitch the seam to keep it flat.
       
  5. Step 5 - Mark elastic and tank - Mark both sides, center front, and center back of the tank. Take the length of your elastic and divide by four to get your quarter marks. For example - a 32" waistband will need a mark every 8". Pin the right sides together of the elastic and the tank top. Sew together, stretching to fit.
  6. Sew skirt together - Sew the back seam of the skirt together right sides together. Use the AcuFeed Flex Twin with OD Foot to guarantee perfectly matched seams without fabric shifting. Mark the skirt in quarters like you did on the tank top and waistband.
  7. Attach skirt and waistband - Pin skirt to the elastic right sides together matching center back and front seams. Sew together stretching as you go to match quarter marks.
      
  8. Hem & Press - Use the Rolled Hem Foot to create a perfect finished hem on your skirt.

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