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How to Sew a Drawstring Halter Dress

Learn How to Sew a Drawstring Halter Dress with this lovely free sewing pattern. This dress is easy to make and you will earn so many compliments when you wear it! Wear it in the summer time or all year round with cute complementary cardigans. Every girl knows that a dress with pockets is so much better than a dress without, and this cute project features two pockets. Make your own clothes when you sew this beautiful dress.

How to Sew a Drawstring Halter Dress
How to Sew a Drawstring Halter Dress
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Project Type: Make a Project

Time to complete: Weekend project

Sewn by: Machine


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This drawstring halter dress is just lovely and perfect to wear in the summer heat. The hand drawn pattern is easy to follow and adapt to many sizes. I would choose a different fabric other than what is shown, perhaps a linen weave or pretty floral. The pockets are a welcome addition.

i have made this dress....very easy if you take the correct body measurements and add inches according to how you want dress to flow on your body

Thank you for the positive feedback. Its nice to see something that does not resemble whining in the comments. I don't understand anyone sho complains about free stuff. I cant wait for summer to try the dress. It looks simple enough that with even minimal instructions it would be rather easy.

Would love to make it! Where is the pattern? Judy

Hi! If you click on the link that reads "Click here for Sewing Pattern", it will bring you to the tutorial. Happy Sewing!

was just wondering if anyone has a picture of the back of this dress so I can see how the straps are

Hi. It looks like there is not a photo available for the back of the dress on the link unfortunately. I would suggest emailing or commenting the designer with any questions or concerns. Happy Sewing!

I have been sewing for many years and I would not try doing this project.

This is a cute dress, but this is not a pattern or tutorial by any means and certainly not a beginner project!! I'd say it would be completely impossible for a beginner or even modest sewer to complete this project with what few directions there are. Overall, it's just an exercise in frustration. I think that it should be made clear when items like this are posted, that they are just interesting & beautiful ideas, not patterns.

I have to agree with wannasew2 this is not a beginners project. I have been sewing for quite awhile and I have questions on this one. What do I do with the measurements to make the pattern? I have made a few dresses and tops that I have to make my own pattern but they all instructions on how to use your measurements to make the pattern. If you can find one of those patterns, wannasew2, you might be able to figure out how to make this pattern. Don't let comments like the one meleona made bother you. The idea behind these sites is to let people share what they have created in a way that others can make them too. My guess is that the one who shared this pattern is new to creating directions. Keep on sewing.

Im getting ready for summer, thank you for keeping me kool

I think I have to agree with wannasew2. How are the back arm holes different than the front "to make them more sexy?" There's no explanation or picture. Adorable dress and I'm still gonna try to figure it out but NOT a good tutorial at all!

In response to the previous comment - People who write their own patterns don't write like a pattern company would or even like an instruction book. Maybe you need to stick with patterns until you have a little more experience to think like they do. It was difficult for me at first, too. Sometimes, I still do it my way, although I appreciate their ideas.

Hello. Thanks for the pattern. This is may be EASY, but not beginner (theres a huge difference). The HOW TOS are not stated for the complete novice beginner. One would have to have sewing knowledge. Pattern is vague. Are there any notches to match anything up? Again, one must have at least advanced beginner/intermediate sewing knowledge as details lack for the TOTAL NOVICE BEGINNER. #3 How do you sew a dart (the assumption is that you must know) #4 Seam sleeves. What does that mean? I truly dont know what is meant by that (I am a beginner). Much more details would be needed. #5 HOW does one attach a zipper? Thats not for the novice. Advanced beginners at best and Ive read several different methods depending on what kind (Ive never done oneagain, I am a beginner). #6 Seam allowance not listedI guess thats assumed, too. Is it 5/8s, less more? 3) Sew dart. Front piece only. 4) Seam sleeves. Remember: Snip before folding, for a cleaner finish. 5) Attach zipper. Sew sides together. 4) Fold necklines and sew, leaving allowance for the string to pass through. [String: you can make one out of the same fabric as the dress or use ribbon or other available strings.] 5) Sew POCKET: a) Sew a 2-inch strip of floral (or not) fabric to the top part of the pocket. This would be the green area on the illustration. b) Fold along the pink lines (see illustration) and sew to front part of dress. 6) Hem dress. 7) Insert string through the gap on the necklines. Tie at the side. 8) DONE!


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