DIY | STRIPED CROSS-BACK SLIP DRESS

High summer is finally upon us and with that means scorching temperatures, which in turn means it’s time to break out bare shoulders and higher hemlines. I’ve been really into the simplistic cut of slip dresses and decided to create a DIY version with a striped fabric that could be worn in multiple ways. My favourite way to wear this dress is to have the straps crossed in the back then looped to the front to cinch in the waist. The other is to let the dress hang loose and rock the effortless look. This dress is perfect for those hot summer days and even beach town getaways so if you’d like to recreate this striped little number, keep on reading!

TIME | 3+ hours

COST | $-$$

DIFFICULTY | moderate

General view of what the pattern pieces will look like, but base it off of an existing dress that fits you well with a straight fit.

What you’ll need:

  • striped fabric
  • white thread
  • sewing machine
  • white lining fabric
  • sewing scissors
  • pins
Sew the breast darts on all front pieces to start
Sew or serge the side seams together
Trim the back piece if necessary to have a better continuous line from the front piece towards the back. I also wanted to lower the back so more so I cut it deeper.
Create straps from stripes cut on the bias of the fabric
Create loops from strap scraps
Pin pieces together with the fronts facing and straps sandwiched in-between prior to sewing
Cut notches into the seam allowance to allow the fabric to sit perfectly when flipped inside out, this will help prevent bunching, especially around the V neck
Press a seam along the inside lining layer to finish off the neckline
Hem the bottom of the dress, lining separate from the outer layer
Added darts to the back for a better fit

Steps:

  1. Using an existing dress, create a pattern to use for the slip dress
  2. Cut out the front and back pieces out of the striped fabric and the lining fabric
  3. Sew the bust darts on both front pieces, then the sides of the front to the back
  4. Cut on the bias and sew the straps by first folding the edges inwards to the middle, fold again and top stitch it down to create flat straps
  5. Cut small pieces about 2″ in length from the straps to create the matching strap loops
  6. Pin the good sides of the dress and lining together and pin in place the straps at the top of the V and strap loops in the back.
  7. Sew around the top of the dress making sure to double back on straps and strap loops.
  8. Flip it open, cut notches into the deep V area so that it can lay flat and press an extra seam on the lining side to hold the seam allowance and allow the dress to fall flat
  9. Hem both the outer and lining layer separate
  10. *Optional* I found the back a bit loose so I added in two pleats in the back to allow for the back of the dress to fit closer to the body

As always, if you happen to recreate these please share and use the hashtag #DECONSTRUT so I can see all your creations! Happy DIY-ing!

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