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DIY Bubble Sleeve Little Dress / Shirt

Happy Friday Sew Family!!
On last night I did a quick aseembly of (2) dresses I drafted from my existing V8815 Pattern.
This dress can be constructed using any pattern you have with a bodice.  I used V8815 because it has darts.  This means, if I do not use the darts, I can get that loose tshirt drape.  While I have never attempted the creation of a Tshirt pattern, this dress can also be constructed using a Tshirt as you will get the same effect.
Fabric: Blue - Ponte Roma  Black - Double Knit
First, I place my front Bodice on the fold of my fabric.  I mark my length from the shoulder seam to where I want y skirt to stop plus one inch.  For me that is 34 inches as per below.
I proceed to cut the front piece of my dress
Next, I will adjust my neck line.  I wanted a more relax neck line than the original pattern so I decided to take 2 inches off and round my neck line out using my french curve.  You can eyeball this if you do not have a curved ruler or use a can/bottle etc....
As you can see, I cut more of the shoulder seam than the chest area fabric.  I will now measure my remaining shoulder wdith to match with my back piece.
Great! 3 1/4 inches.  Now to move on to the back..
I grabbed my back bodice and repeated the steps for my length as I did for the front and cut.
I made a mark for my 3 1/4 adjustment to the neck line  and rounded it out with my french curve.
Next is the Sleeves.
The first thing I did with this pattern is shorten the sleeves by 5 inches.
I then added an inch to both sides at the arm pits and widened the sleeve.
I cut my sleeves and we are ready to sew!!

I will start with teh pinning and sewing of my shoulder seams.

Next I will attach my sleeves.  I find this easier to accomplish BEFORE I sew my side seams. 
Place your sleeve cutout on the right side of your garment at the shoulder seam and pin both ends.  Sew using a 5/8 seam allowance.

Pull your ease and sew using 5/8 seam allowance.
Now that my sleeves are attached, I can proceed to the pinning and sewing of my side seams starting at the end of my sleeve all the way down to the bottom of my dress with a 5/8 seam allowance.
Next you want to sew your neck line using a 5/8 seam allowance.
We are almost there!
Next you are going to cut your side slits.  I made mines rather wide, you can narrow yours as you see fit.
The first thing I did was measure 5 inches from the bottom of my dress to where I want my slit to end.  As an after thought, I may do 3-4 on my next dress :).  Mark this measurement on both sides.

Use your french curve or other curved device to determine how wide you want your slit.  do this evenly for both sides, s you can see I used my ruler to mark my curve measurements which is 5 x 4 inches.

Cut your fabric and hem the bottom using 5/8 seam allowance.

The last thing you need to do is add elastic to your sleeves.  Fold your fabric 1 inch pin and sew using 1/8 inch seam allowance leaving an inch and half open to insert your elastic.
I measured my arm and decided to add a 10 inch piece of elastic for both arms.
Insert into your elastic and close your opening on both arm.
FINISHED!!!!  woo hoo!  You can wear this as a shirt or a dress. (My blue is 3 inches shorter than my black dress)
I hope you enjoyed this pictorial and I look forward to making more!@



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