What happens when you “accidentally” buy too much fabric for a friends gift? You take the rest of that shit and make yourself an awesome dress of course! I bought this awesome grey and black knit Star Wars fabric from Jo Ann’s. If you didn’t look too closely no one even notices it’s Star Wars. It’s like secret nerd fabric.
I honestly thought I overbought enough for me to make a shirt, not an entire dress. My friend made me a super flattering dress last year so I wanted to model this dress after it. The dress bodice has princess seams and a deep front scoop. I knew I didn’t have enough for the full skirt so I was going to need a solution for that.
To copy the dress pieces from the original dress, I laid my new fabric over the dress. With chalk pen in hand, I found the seams with my fingers and made lines 1/4″ wider to create a seam allowance. I wasn’t too concerned about it being perfect since its knit, it’ll totally be forgiving. I did this process for the entire bodice. The sleeves I made from a random sleeve piece I pulled from another pattern. Again, since it’s knit, it didn’t have to be too exact.
I have a serious love for ringer tees. It’s those shirts that’s have banding on the neckline and sleeve hems that differ from the shirt itself. I wanted to make this just like that. The rib knit I had came from Jo Ann’s too. I cut strips 3″ wide so I could fold them in half and attach.
Moving down to the skirt I sat for the longest time trying to figure out how to get the most out of what I had left. I finally cut 4 trapezoid shapes. To add inseam pockets, I split the two side trapezoids in half. The pocket pattern I love the most is the Darling Ranges Dress from Megan Nielsen. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough fabric for them! I had to cut them so much smaller. My hands fit but that’s about it.
The skirt would have been totally too short if I attached it to the bodice as is. At these moments, I always hear Tim Gunn. “Make it work!” I had leftover rib knit. I cut another 3″ strip for the waist. It helped to break up the print but also gave me 2 1/2″ extra inches of length.
To make a nice, small hem, I serged the bottom. Then fold it over twice and stitch it down.
I’m so happy that I overbought! I wear this dress so often. I always receive compliments on it. It’s so soft and comfortable. I wish I would have made a pattern for the bodice. I imagine I’ll want to make this again.