I just love clothes that work hard for me!
I got the idea from this Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_WQ31iS2DY
This dress is so easy to make: there is only one pattern piece, that is cut twice (back and front are identical). No zipper, no elastic, no buttons.
It can be tied in a number of ways – fitted or loose.
It can take you from morning at the office, to a stroll on the beach, and even a night out.
Made in light-weight jersey, it makes an excellent travel piece.
For more photos see here http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/the-one-dress-convertible-dress
Prepare your paper pattern
The sketch provides a recipe for you to create according to your own measurements.
You need to take only 3 measurements:
Your hip circumference – this will determine the width at the shoulders and the width at the widest point (mine is 94cm, so the width at the shoulders for me is 47cm) .
A – Measure from your shoulder to your waist (for me this is 46cm).
B – Measure from your waist down to the desired length (for me it was 54cm).
Note that the dress rides up a bit when tied, so take some extra length. You can always hem it later.
Cutting the fabric
Cut your pattern twice. Add 2cm for allowance.
Cut 2 strips for the ties, each 100cm long and 10cm wide.
1. Make ties: fold each strip lengthwise, right sides facing. Sew.
Turn tube inside-out. Press so that the seam is centered.
2. Sew shoulders (Mine was 10cm each, and the opening for the neck was 27cm).
After slipping it on I decided to round the neck opening a bit (the sketch does not show it).
3. Measure your underarm opening (mine was 20cm). Pin.
Sew from the underarm, down to the widest point.
4. Insert ties: place them at the widest point (the long edge of the tie facing the inside of the dress). Pin.
Pin also the bottom point, at the hem. and pin as well.
Sew from the widest point, going back and forth over the ties, until your next pin.
Do the same for both sides.
5. Finish arm openings, neck opening and hem.