InstructionsI just looked at a photo from on-line of a Sioux Dance T-dress. Then I cut the top from cotton fabric, in a T shape, then used a tee shirt for a pattern to make the neck opening. I cut 2 pieces for the top, one the outer fabric and one for the lining, to give it more body. I added 1/2 " bias tape around the neck opening, sewed up the side seam and underarm seams, then added 1" bias tape at the ...
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Type of item: Costume
Style: Ethnic, Retro / Vintage
Cotton fabric for top, grosgrain ribbon on skirt, double-fold bias tape on top, vinyl for long fringe on sleeves
What was your inspiration?
The theme of the party was to come in Native American dress, so I searched for Native American dresses on the internet, and found photos of Sioux Dance T-dresses. I didn't have time to applique at quilted star, so I just pieced a star-like pattern from a striped fabric I found, then added "faux leather" fringe to the sleeves.
What are you most proud of?
It turned out better than I thought it would, and I was voted best costume at the party. I think the bright colors and the long, white fringe made it "pop".
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Draw a diagram of your dress and work out as many of the measurements as you can ahead of time, before going to buy your fabrics, ribbon and bias tape. Make sure you give yourself PLENTY of time to make this. While I did it in one day, I didn't get the patterned designs sewn onto the back of the top. I also think I will go back and add some 1/2" turquoise bias tape to the hems of the sleeves.