Jersey is an easy material for beginning sewers to work with because it doesn't fray, therefore the ends of the material don't need to be finished when they are cut. Make a breezy Jersey dress this summer and impress your friends with your creative abilities while wearing a light, comfortable outfit that's perfect for the summer heat. Jersey comes in a variety of colours, so once you make your first dress, experiment by making dresses in different colours or patterns (See Reference 1).
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Things you need
- Jersey material
- Sewing pattern paper
- Tailor's chalk
- Needle and thread or sewing machine
Start your dress by cutting a dress pattern out of the sewing pattern paper. Free, downloadable patterns can be found easily online or in sewing pattern books (See Reference 2). Trace the pattern onto the sewing paper and cut carefully around the lines (See Reference 1).
Lay your material on a large, flat surface and lay the cut pattern paper on top of it. Pin the paper to the material so that it doesn't move while cutting, and cut the material very carefully while it is still lying on the table so that the fabric does not stretch or pull during the cutting process (See Reference 1).
Note that the sewing pattern paper has small "T" shaped marks, called "notches." When you come across these on the edges you are cutting, cut a small notch on the Jersey material that runs perpendicular to the outside of the pattern. These are used to correctly align the two sides of the dress when you begin to sew it together (See Reference 1).
Attach the two sides of the Jersey cut-outs to create the body of the dress either with a sewing machine or with a needle and thread. Pay special attention to the notches you cut previously to be sure that they align (See Reference 1).
Make the arm straps by cutting three long, thin pieces of Jersey material and tying them into a knot at one end. From this knot, begin braiding the three pieces until you have a finished plait. Then, measure how long they need to be by laying them over the shoulder of the person who will be wearing the dress, mark with chalk the correct length, and sew into the inside of the top of the dress (See Reference 1).
Tips and warnings
- Iron the seams of the dress at every step of construction to prevent bulk and result in a nicer finish.
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