Quick and easy shift dress

A few weekends ago I knew I wanted to make something, but didn’t have a ton of time. So I searched through my fabric and my stash of patterns, and decided to make myself a dress.

DIY easy weekend dress

Skill level: This sewing project would be good for intermediate sewers.
Time commitment estimate: A few hours, depending on skill level.

To start: If you’re using a fabric that’s machine washable, make sure it’s prewashed before you cut it so you eliminate any shrinking that might happen after it’s sewn and then washed.

Check out this link for supplies I use for just about every project. Additional sewing supplies you’ll need to make your own dress are listed below (I’ve linked to things from Amazon if you want them delivered to you, otherwise Joann’s will have everything you need):
 1. Fabric – I used some linen-look fabric that I had on hand. You could do something with a pattern or different solids like I did. I would recommend a machine washable cotton since those are the easiest to sew.
2. Single fold bias tape – This can be found at Joann’s. You’ll want it to match the fabric you choose.
3. Hook & eye – I like to use black size 2 (like these) for most of my projects, but silver is an option as well.
4. Dress Pattern – I used Vogue Pattern V8805 to make this dress.

easy weekend dress

The dress pattern was definitely easy to follow. Since you don’t need a zipper or buttons, the finishing goes pretty quickly. Next time I think I want to use a cotton stripe and make the dress on the left with the longer sleeves.

DIY easy weekend dress

DIY easy weekend dress

DIY easy weekend dress

DIY easy weekend dress

That Frankie, such a ham.

DIY easy weekend dress

Living in Seattle, Nordstrom is my absolute favorite place to shop. Below are some similar shift dresses sold at either Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack.

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