This simple dress is extremely comfortable and can be made with many different fabric choices to create a unique look. I used a cotton jersey material and I’m actually wanting to make a long maxi dress version of this dress now. I created this mini low back dress with about a yard of fabric. You may need more or less depending on the length of the dress you desire and your own measurements.
What you will need:
1-2 yards of fabric (cotton jersey is preferred)
sewing machine or serger
First take the measurement of your upper chest then add 20″ and divide it by two. That will be the width of the material folded in half. I sewed the two side seams first. I used tailors chalk to mark the arm wholes. I measured about 8″ on the top and side of the fabric then drew a diagonal line.
I then cut the fabric leaving about a half inch seam allowance.
Next I folded and pinned the fabric so that it would create a smooth seam. You will notice that the fabric does not fold over exactly as I drew it with the tailors chalk. The diagonal line was more of a guide. I then sewed the arm holes.
I then folded down the top of the dress on both sides and created a one inch seam large enough to feed my straps in which you will see later. On the back panel of the dress I drew two diagonal lines to cut and braid together.
I used two safety pins to hold the braid together. I had to braid the material a few times to make the best shape possible.
I used a different blue fabric for the straps, yet if you have enough of the same fabric you can use that too. You can also use cord or ribbon if you choose.
Here is how the straps look in the back. I fed them through the top seam of the braid just as I did in the front.
I created a modest high low hem with this dress to create a flattering silhouette. I folded the dress in half and drew an arch a few inches higher at the middle point and connected the line to the side seams.
To better transition the high low hem to the back I also cut out a tiny bit of fabric along the side seams.
Finally I sewed the bottom hem.
This dress didn’t take that long at all. It is lovely to wear, and can even be used as a bathing suit coverup. Be creative and have fun! Let me know if you try this!
Peace and Sunshine,
(Images by Dawn Michelle)