Ever year I carefully decide on how to wear stars an stripes, because the 4th of July is my favorite holiday! Growing up the 4th was a day that spent with the family, we could drink soda, stay up late, watch fire works, ride bikes in the parade. It was the best, and still is!
This sounds a little crazy but I did this all on my own without a pattern. I went off by using an old shirt that fits me well as the layout for the top. That took me just over a half yard to make with the sleeves. Then I squared off the remaining fabric, and cut it so the stripes went down rather than across. A cross grain look like that is a popular style in dresses lately. I did a soft gather around the waistline and stitched in a 1/2in wide elastic to flatter the figure a little better. From there I just had to finish the edges (sleeves, hem and neckline). My grandma gave me a double needle which has been a knit fabric game changer! I love it. It gives each of the finishes a nice professional look. The hardest part was the neckline. BUT I learned a little trick from THIS website.
I love how it turned out. Sometimes sewing projects are only that- something you make then only wear once because it fits weird or you just don't like it. But I'll be wearing this as long as I can. It is a dress that can be dressed up for church, or dressed down for a casual summer day.
I know, I'll be making more of these because it was seriously so easy and it is so comfy!
Organized but Colorful.
Aspire to Inspire.