Day 2: It’s all abou the TAV dress ladies!
When I began to pack for my trip to Las Vegas, the No. 1 item I needed was Kate’s Tav dress, however I didn’t want to spend the 200+ on the dress, so I decided to make it. The dress took me only a couple of hours to make too…which means even if you are a novice…you may still be able to make this one…If you haven’t ever sewn before I recommend finding a local sewing store (or fabric store), they usually have lessons on the basics as well as how to use a sewing machine.
Step 1: SELECT THE TYPE OF FABRIC COMBINATIONS YOU WANT
I recommend grabbing 1 yd of each (give or take, you want to have enough of each color). For the smaller strips, you can get away with ¾ yd.
Step 2: CUT A STRIP OF FABRIC THAT COVERS YOUR BUST LIKE A TUBE TOP
Cut a FRONT and BACK (the back will be stretchy and gathered in leu of a zipper..make sure the back is a longer piece of fabric). This will be the top portion of your dress (Layer 1). Whatever you measure, add 1” to the top and bottom for your seam allowances. When in doubt you can always trim excess fabric.
Step 3: DARTS (Optional)
Place Layer 1 over your bust, on either side of your bust create a dart that fits comfortably. This will make your dress more fitted around your bust line. The best way to measure your dart is to place your fabric right side down and pinch the fabric, this should create the triangle shape that you will be stitching. Watch this YOUTUBE video if you are having difficulty or are in need of a tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8TseXUFMLY
Sewn the dart shut and tie thread in a knot.
Press your darts downward.
Step 3: ADDING A HIDDEN CASED ELASTIC BAND TO THE BACK & HEM THE FRONT
Fabric facing down, Press a 1/4″ section down onto the wrong side of the fabric. Then fold again 1″. This is going to create the pocket for your elastic to slide into :)
Using your Presser Foot stitch as close to the edge as possible. Here is a tutorial for reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bL_t-MWR90
String your elastic through the casing you just created, Pin it in place (make sure you elastic is 1/2 the size of your bodice) you want it to stretch. Sew over the edge of the elastic (vertically).
Do the same to the front of your bodice….MINUS adding the elastic.
Step 4: LAYER 2 – THE BODICE
There is a slight gathering to Kate’s bodice, so in order to achieve that look, take your next layer and BASTE the top edge.
BASTE: Tack with long, loose stitches in preparation for sewing.
Basting is where is set your sewing machine stitching very loose and very wide, usually for creating a even gathering effect. Set your stitch length to 4 or 5 (normal length is around 2.5/3)
Once you have basted the layer, pull gently on the backside threading, until the gathered portion is the same length as the length of the BUST. Do the same to the backside. (You will be doing this technique on every following layer)
Step 5: TIERS 3,4,5 & 6
CUT YOUR LAYERS
- Your BODICE should be the length of your torso plus your SEAM ALLOWANCE. (Seam allowance is the area between the edge and the stitching line on two (or more) pieces of material being stitched together) depending on your dress size you may have to add fabric to your bodice so that it will fit loosely, if you have to do this, JUST NOTE add an even amount of fabric to either side
- Your LAYERS should be around 6″-9″ wide. Each LAYER will be wider than the last.
- Your last LAYER should be the longest….go for a width of 12″….as you can see I opted not to do the last layer.
Like the last layer, you will be basting the top portion to match the bottom portion of the last layer you gathered. (the point is to create a fountain effect, the skirt will continue to get wider and wider.
Step 6: CONNECT ALL FRONT TO BACKS OR ALL FRONTS TOGETHER (and BACKS)
There are two ways to sew everything together, you can either sew each layer together (Front & Back) and then sew each LAYER onto the next
You can sew the FRONT layers all together and sew the entire FRONT to the entire BACK (this will give you the option to make sure the dress fit’s properly….you can take it in, if necessary)
Sew all Front and Back Pieces to their MATES, you should have 6 rings of fabric now.
Step 8: HEM YOUR DRESS
Follow these directions on YOUTUBE :