how to sew a drawstring halter dress

This was the dress I made when I got the spools of thread from my lovely friends.

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I used: 1) About 2 meters of gray fabric. It’s a fabric used for office uniforms. 2) Matching thread. 3) Floral scraps from an old pair of pajamas.

INSTRUCTIONS:


1) Take body measurements (chest, bust, length, waist, hips) and divide by four. Add several inches depending on how you want the dress to fit. Cut fabric, using the pattern below. The red line is where you fold the fabric for symmetrical pieces. Simply trace the pattern to the other side when you’re done with one side. The sleeves area of the back part looks different. This makes the dress sexier.

2) Cut 2 pocket pieces. Measurement would depend on how big you want them to be.

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3) Sew dart. Front piece only.

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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.

 photo tute20pocket.jpg

6) Hem dress.

7) Insert string through the gap on the necklines. Tie at the side.

 photo tute20neckline.jpg

8) DONE!

Sadly, gray does not agree with my skin color. ;-)

Happy sewing!

 


44 thoughts on “how to sew a drawstring halter dress”

  1. Wow, that looks amazing!! Did you freehand that pattern? How can I get that pattern life-size? (I’m sorry, I’m new to sewing and don’t really know much about patterns just yet and I can’t draw worth a darn)

  2. thank you. a very good friend is in a wedding this weekend and the dress she ordered is not working…this is the one she will wear when I am done sewing it thanks to you! peace

  3. I love this dress and am going to have a go at it. But could you tell me where the zipper goes and what length it is. Also I am also a newbie to sewing so could you let me know how to get the pattern life size?

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  5. Hi,
    I would looove to sew this dress for myself and my 12 year-old. I am new at sewing dresses and tops in general.
    How do you sew the darts ?
    thank you!

  6. Adorable! I don’t have the cute shape you need for this dress, but my daughter does and I’m going to try and make it for her. Thought I might try a liteweight knit…..or maybe not…..

  7. Hi there- love the dres. I have a probably dumb question- where does the zipper go?
    I notice you say to attach and then sew side seams. Is it in one of the sides or in the centre back?
    Thanks

  8. I will make this pattern for both my daughter & granddaughter or maybe have my granddaughter make her own as she is 8 & learning.
    Looks lovely thank you.
    Lily

  9. This is gorgeous! Found the link by searching google. Am looking for a rectangle wrap dress, but this is gorgeous and I might just have to experiment and make it! Thanks for the post!

  10. I would love to make this — but the greyhalterdress.jpg won’t load — is there any other way I could see the picture of what the pattern pieces should look like? Thank you so much for your great tutorials!

    1. but the greyhalterdress.jpg won’t load — is there any other way I could see the picture of what the pattern pieces should look like? Thank you so much for your great tutorials!

      Eeep! This post got broken a year or so ago. I will have to remedy this with an update tute. Stay tuned!

  11. Do you have larger photos of the dress so we can get a good visual idea of the finished product? Your photo is pretty small. I’d also be interested in seeing the back. :)

    1. Do you have larger photos of the dress so we can get a good visual idea of the finished product? Your photo is pretty small. I’d also be interested in seeing the back. :)

      Oh no, I no longer have this dress :(

  12. hello
    just to tell you that your dress is beautiful
    I love the model, I cracked it!
    is it possible to have the measurements written a downloadable pattern for the dress sizes (for example a pattern size 36/38)?
    thank you in advance and good luck for your superb site

    1. is it possible to have the measurements written a downloadable pattern for the dress sizes (for example a pattern size 36/38)?

      Thanks! Unfortunately, I don’t know how to do this. :/

  13. This is really cute, but for our very warm weather, I would rather make the top of the front and back shorter, run a string or ribbon thru the front and one thru the back, and tie them in a bow on top of your shoulders, I wouldn’t like the material coming up that close to my neck.

  14. Thanks so much for this pattern. I’ve never sewn a dress. A total beginner! Just one failed skirt under my belt, and a successful tote bag. But I had a party to go to, I needed a yellow dress and my ebay purchase didn’t arrive in time! I got home from work on the night of the party, yellow fabric in hand, found your pattern, had a glass of bubbles, and a finished dress in 1.5hrs! (I did skip the pockets, just to save time, as I was under pressure). Ps. the grey looks great on you!

  15. Just found this tutorial and this is EXACTLY what I have been looking for! But I am not able to find the pattern on the page? Is it just not there anymore or where could I find it?

    Thank you!!!

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