So it’s been a very long time since I’ve done a sewing tutorial, but I’m back – and it’s a good’n! You’ve already seen my previous lockdown creations of my 1940’s Inspired Dress and my 1950’s Blue Cheetah Dress and now I’m providing you with the pattern and instructions to make this one yourself!
This pattern features a short sleeved, folded-collar wrap top and a gathered skirt with a fitted waistband. Using 150cm/59” wide non-stretch fabric this pattern will create a top fitting a bust of 39” and waist 38” as well as a skirt fitting up to a waist of 44”. The top will have a finished length of 18” and the skirt a finished length of 26.5” from the waist down.
This design could also be effectively made in a stretch fabric which would give you a little more flexibility for the bust measurement.
If there’s enough interest in this I can also try to draft it out for a larger size, so do let me know in the comments if this is something that you would be interested in!!
Now, if you want to get straight into the pattern and instructions just click here. But if you are interested in my blog post preamble and photos of the garments simply keep on scrolling!
I call this set low-waste due to the way the pattern is designed. The pattern pieces interlock creating very few offcuts as you can see below! This is all the waste from 2m of fabric. Scraps this small are perfect for pulling or cutting into pieces to use for stuffing. Doing this would effectively create a ZERO waste garment, however as not everyone would do that and it doesn’t serve the main garment I called it low-waste.
I was really pleased with how this little two piece turned out! We were just getting into a heatwave here in the UK and so I was trying to come up with a way to use this super lightweight fabric that would make a nice airy outfit.
I also made the wrap top so that it can be wrapped around the front or back, and tied on the opposite side. Or you can always just pull the ties to the front or back and create a long bow. The top is quite cropped as it’s designed to be wrapped over skirts without the need to tuck in!
If you are someone who likes a straight cut top and isn’t a fan of the cinching effect you can always leave the ties off and you have a nice squared crop top!
When originally designing the garment I was thinking of making a dress but as I sketched out the pattern I realised I could super easily turn this into a two-piece. I love this as it’s more versatile and gives me more outfit options. Also no-one has realised that it’s a two piece when talking to me about it, so it’s a really great dress illusion.
One thing I really adore about this is the neckline. I actually intended it to be sort of like a boatneck with a little slit in it, however realised too late than having no iron meant I had no way of fusing interfacing in. I decided to just leave it and see how it turned out but I love the way it turned into a little folded collar!
It will come to no suprise to you (if you’ve ready my other posts) that this fabric is from AmoThreads! My favourite fabric retailer that sells exclusively dead-stock fabrics and trimmings. I love this as using up waste from the fashion industry means that you can buy all your fabrics guilt free! The ecological impact of fashion really does weigh on me sometimes. Also just a side note – I am not in any way sponsored or endorsed by AmoThreads, I am just a big fan!
Pattern and Instructions
First I’d just quickly like to note that for the first time ever – THIS FABRIC IS STILL AVAILABLE FROM AMOTHREADS!! It’s £1.50 per metre (which is why I bought it) so £3 wil get you all the fabric you need for this piece!
Both the pattern and instructions are .png files so feel free to download onto your device so you can easily access and refer back to them!
If this looks a bit intimidating do not stress! Take it step by step, starting with the measurements on the outside edges and working inward. Leave the red markings until last.
In my instructions I haven’t provided a guide on where/when to overlock. For the top I would recommend overlocking every piece entirely except for the waist tie and the front neckline ‘V’ on both the mainbody front piece and the front facing. On the skirt the side seams are the only exposed seam and these are made with the selvedge intact so it isn’t necessary for the skirt.
So thank you for getting to the end of this! This has been a real labour of love and very enjoyable to work on. This was my first time drawing out pattern instructions and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. I’ve definitely learnt so much! If you make this, of course tag me on instagram (@xamiaarc) as I’d love to see!