This dress is composed of fabric strips that were left from a kimono I had almost used up.
The front and the back consist of strips of different width. On each side, one long strip (18 cm wide) covers the front and the back.
At the center, two smaller strips (18 cm and 9 cm wide) are on the front and on the back bodice.
Then, because just a few pieces of fabric were left, I have made the most of the kimono lining at either side of the dress, and at the bottom of the bodice which was too short.
Only one piece of the dress is decorated, so try to preserve the bits of fabric as much as you can. The most insignificant piece can play a strategic role as one decorated piece has the power to illuminate monotonous dresses in a discrete but spectacular way.
The strips are halves (18 cm) or quarters (9 cm) of the original fabric (36 cm). To keep them from fraying, you need to fold the hems twice on the length.
Get the 6 strips together and sew them on the front and back side.
On the hem of the collar, I wanted to liven up the plain fabric with metallic threads. For a strong line, it is better to use a basic thread, in polyester, then, a metallic thread bobbin. Metallic threads are often used for embroideries. Sew on the right side of the fabric so the metallic sparkles can be seen.
( for advice about metallic threads see this this article )
Iron to flatten out.
Then gather the two bodice parts to the strips on the side.
I have used the kimono lining. As it was thin, to obtain this strip, I have folded the fabric in four.
On the wrong side, I have sewn on the length and the width (white tip). Then, I have turned the strip inside out, so the sewing will be invisible.
I have sewn up the red tip with some golden threads that will be well noticed.
Stitch up the two strips on the sides, at 25 cm or more from the top.
A part of the strip will stick out the main bodice.
Here’s what it should look like on the right side when everything is sewn together.
At last, to lengthen the dress, add a horizontal strip on the front and back centers.
After folding both left and right vertical sides with pins, sew a line from left to right, near the hem, on the wrong side of the strip ( that is put on the right side of the center).
Thus, this line won’t be seen on the right side of the bodice.
Then, fold the horizontal strip in two.
On the wrong side, turn 0.5 cm – 1 cm of the fabric inside, a little bit above the top edge of the strip, so as to cover the stitches.
Make sure you stop the strip from moving with pins.
As done before, on the front and back side, stitch up the strip to the bottom with sparkling thread. So sew on the right side, on the part just above the strip.
This is what the new bottom should look like.
At the level of the sleeves, fold the hem in once and stitch up with some metallic thread.
Iron on the wrong side and admire.
The dress is slighty tighter than the other patterns that have been introduced until now, and it can be fit for sizes 38-40.