So after watching the new season of Project Runway, I picked up my inspiration book and started a new sewing project. I’ve been bad posting up the finished products because usually, it still needs tweaking and after a while, I forget about it.
Anyways, I finished this project in ONE DAY…but that’s because I already knew what the finished product should look like. However, I estimated my fabric incorrectly and the band is short by 10 inches and really, it should be 15 inches longer. So it’s not as flexible as I wanted it to be, but it works. If I want to cough up the extra money to buy more fabric, I’ll fix it, but for now, I’m fairly pleased with the result.
What did I make?
An infinity dress version that’s similar to the one by Donna Karan. It has the same silhouette, but DKNY’s is obviously better constructed and without a back seam. The official DKNY dress costs $895.
There are other versions of this convertible style dress from Victoria Secret, American Apparel, Etsy, bridal boutiques…you name it…it’s there. But I happen to like Donna Karan’s version because it’s a bit more sophisticated.
It cost me about $45 because I bought 3 yards of expensive fabric that I didn’t fully utilize. I needed the 3 yards of continuous fabric for the band but I can make something else with the extra fabric, so really it’s less than $20 for the dress.
Outfit Details: DIY dress, Kate Spade Genny heels, Forever 21 necklace, Old Navy clutch
The length is longer than I’m used to wearing and it seems to demand super tall heels.
Do you think I should keep the length or go shorter?
3 yards of jersey stretch fabric. 2 pieces: band/dress. 1 hour (approximately)
- Cut dress piece of fabric into a 30″ x 40″ rectangle. (30″: length from beneath the bust to below the knee)/(40″: width of the garment…it’ll be taken in later.)
- From the middle of the 30″ side, make 3 pleats (about 1″) on each side facing toward the middle. Stitch in place.
- Cut the band piece of fabric into a 7″ x 90″ rectangle. (7″: top to bottom of bust…and then some)/(90″: 1.5 times height…I had mine at 80″, which was way too short for most styles)
- Set the middle of the band to the middle of the pleats. Sew the band to the dress. Leave a couple of inches for setting the back seam.
- Sew down the length of the dress to create the back seam. Adjust for your body type. (For me, the circumference was about 30″ and I tapered the dress at the bottom) That’s it!