Summer is usually my favorite. But this year, I’ve had a bit of a falling out with summer as we don’t have air-conditioning in our circa 1902 rental. Every time the temperatures creep into the 90’s, our house thinks it’s an oven and gets and stays ridiculous hot. I’m
nagging encouraging Andy to find us a window A/C unit soon, but in the meantime, simple summer sundresses are a necessity.
As a part of the Melly Sews sundress series, I’m sharing how to make this easy knit summer sundress. (Make sure to check out this post to enter a fabric giveaway and to see a running summary of all the sundresses in the series!)
Want to make one too? Let’s get started.
- Knit Fabric (mine is from Joanns)
- Fitted Tank Top to trace
- Tracing Paper
- General Sewing Supplies
One: To create the front pattern piece, fold a fitted tank top in half and lay it on top of the tracing paper. Trace around the tank top adding about 1/2 inch around the outside for the seam allowance. In an A-line, flared shape, add the desired length.
Two: To create the back pattern pieces, trace the front pattern piece that was created in step one, but with a higher neckline. Trim the pattern piece in half 3 inches below the armscyes, adding in an additional 1/2 inch for the seam allowance for each pattern piece.
Three: Using the pattern pieces, cut out the fabric.
Four: With right sides together, pin the back pattern pieces together. Using a serger or a stretch stitch, sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Five: Press the seam allowance up and sew the seam allowance to the top portion of the dress.
Six: With right sides together, pin the front pattern piece and the back pattern piece together at the shoulders. Using a serger or a stretch stitch, sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Seven: With right sides together, pin the front pattern piece and the back pattern piece together at the side seams. Using a serger or a stretch stitch, sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Eight: Cut out a strip of fabric 2.5 inches by the length of the neckline. This will be the neckband.
Nine: Pin the neckband to the back center of the neck, right sids together. Gently stretch the neckband while sewing the neckband to the dress. Stop 1 inch short and sew the short ends of the neckband together. Trim the excess length from the neckband, press the seam allowance open, and finish attaching the neckband.
Ten: Press the seam allowance down.
Eleven: Hem the armhole and the bottom of the dress or leave it raw like I did. Since knit doesn’t fray and I liked the way it looked with my fabric, I left all my seams unfinished.
And that’s it! A simple sundress that’s perfect for a hot summer day. Now I just need to whip up about 5 more to tie me over until we get some A/C up in here.
Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography