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Single Seam Sundress

Single Seam Sundress

As seen in Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores® Spring/Summer 2012 FASHIONfusion magazine. Use pre-shirred, elasticized fabric to whip up an adorable sundress in three simple steps.

Materials Needed:

  • Pre-shirred, elasticized cotton fabric – determine yardage needed based off of body measurement; see instructions Step 1.
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • 1 yard of 1/2" to 5/8" ribbon – we used grosgrain ribbon 219141
  • Hand sewing needle


  1. Measure the bust or chest all around; subtract 1" from this body measurement. This is the amount of yardage you will need. When purchasing fabric, be sure to measure the shirred side of the fabric to purchase the correct yardage.
  2. With the WRONG sides of fabric facing each other, match the long cut edges of the fabric and pin together, forming a tube. Stitch together in a 1/2" seam.
  3. Hem the sundress to the length desired.
  4. Cut the ribbon in half, so you have two lengths, each measuring 18" long.
  5. Try on sundress; place ribbon in position to create shoulder straps, pinning each ribbon end to the WRONG side of the sundress bodice.
  6. Hand stitch straps securely in place; trim off excess ribbon.
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