It’s finally summer, so that means it’s time to wear dresses! I’m joining up again with Melissa at Melly Sews for her 30 Days of Sundresses series! You can check out my last year’s post with free pattern here and the previous year’s tutorial here. This year I decided to stick with my knit dress theme (because knits are my jam) and make a cute little sleeveless dress with a slightly gathered yoke and a super fun cut out back. So I had to name it the Party in the Back dress! :) Keep reading for the full tutorial and to download your own FREE pattern!This dress is really simple to sew and SO comfy to wear. The slightly gathered yoke gives it a little bit of interest while still letting the fabric be the focus.
And hopefully the fun cut out in the back is enough to distract you from the weird short hairs that are growing… I blame the baby. ;)
I have a one-size pattern (size medium) free for download. If this size doesn’t work for you, you can use this tutorial to use a pattern you have on-hand to make your own cut-out back dress.
Quick note on fabric: you want a stable knit with good stretch. Really drapey knits will not work well for this dress.
1.Print out and tape/glue together the pattern pieces. The pattern is tiled four across.
2. Gather the front and back pieces. They are very slightly gathered until they match the front and back yoke pieces. Sew the back yoke to the back gathered piece, right sides together, and repeat with the front.
3. Cut out a strip 14.5in x 1.25in for the binding for the back cut out. Sew the binding onto the cut out, the right side of the binding to the wrong side of the cut out opening.
4. Fold over the seam, folding the raw edge under.
5. Sew the binding down. You can do this with a double needle or a coverstitch. I used a coverstitch with a single needle.
6. Overlap the ends of the cut out about an inch to form the circle. Pin or clip together.
7. Sew the shoulders together, right sides together.
8. Sew the sides together, right sides together.
9. Cut a 24.5in x 1.25in strip for the neckline binding. Sew the short ends together, right sides together.
10. Sew to the neckline as you did with the cut-out binding. *only here, use a 1/2in seam allowance. Make sure you secure the ends of the cut-out binding in your seam.
11. You can hem the armscye with a double needle or coverstitch as I did. Or you can cut a 16.5in x 1.25in binding and sew it like the previous bindings.
12. Hem the dress to your desired length. I took a couple inches off the pattern, because I am short (5’3″) and I wanted the dress to be a fun above the knee summer length.
13. Press the bindings and hems really well.
This dress is super comfy and is going to be a staple in my wardrobe this summer!
To check out more sundresses, make sure you pop over to Melly Sews to see what everyone else has been sewing.
Happy sewing, friends!