How to make a tube dress without a pattern

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How to make a tube dress without a pattern
You can stitch up a custom tube dress with no pattern. (sewing machine image by pavel siamionov from

The tube dress is a flattering style that can be custom made to fit the wearer without a pattern. This charming dress is perfect for the summer weather, as it features a gathered top. A sewing machine will make the stitching quickly on this uncomplicated dress, which could be made from a wide choice of fabrics including cotton, linen or silk. The dress is a perfect first project for novices to the art of machine sewing.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • 1-yard fabric
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine with a zigzag stitch
  • 1-yard 1-inch decorative cording

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  1. 1

    Measure around the dress wearer's body at the widest point, add 3 inches and divide the total in half. Measure from the bottom of the neck to the dress length desired and add 6 inches. Cut two pieces of fabric to the measurements for the dress back and front.

  2. 2

    Measure from the dress length bottom to the bottom of the wearer's underarm and mark the fabric edges at the underarm with pins.

  3. 3

    Pin the back and front dress pieces together, right sides facing each other. Sew straight seams 1/4-inch from the piece edges from the bottom hem to the underarm markings.

  4. 4

    Zigzag stitch the edges of the front and back sections of the dress from the underarms to the neckline.

  5. 5

    Turn the back and front dress neckline edges under 2 inches to the wrong sides. Sew straight seams to create the cording tunnels on the front and back of the dress. Turn the dress to the right side.

  6. 6

    Fold the hem of the dress under 1-inch twice to the wrong side and hand-sew with small stitches.

  7. 7

    Cut the cording in half to create two pieces of cording. Thread each cord through the neckline tunnels. Tie the cords in a bow to each other at the top of the wearer's shoulder.

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