Sewing Prom Dress from Free Dress Sewing TutorialI still consider myself a sewing beginner. I can count the number of dresses I have made so far on only one hand. But, my oldest DD was not discouraged by my lack of experience - she asked me to sew her a prom dress. OK so it's not a "real prom", only graduating from the primary school, but at this age, any excuse to dress up is good enough.
I was really struggling to find any suitable easy dress patterns online, and time was quickly running out, so we started to panic. Shop-bought dress was not an option. Fortunately, as if by heaven's intervention, this tutorial from SewMammaSew landed in my Facebook page news feed - perfect! This was exactly what I had in mind. Although it is not exactly a prom dress tutorial, more like a baby doll twirl top, it is easily adaptable and can be made into a dress.
I followed the sizing for 9-10yrs old but adapted it as follows - bodice was 16" instead of 8", and skirt length was 36" and 30" wide (as that's all I had in the fabric). I did not have Clover gathering tape, so used normal gathering stitch on the sewing machine. I have also added a 3" wide belt, made from the same fabric. I don't know what type of fabric it was, as it was a bargain find in a thrift shop, but it measured 60" by 59" and it was just enough to make this dress.
Before I attempted the "real thing", I made a trial run with some spare cotton fabric first - so in the end she ended up with 2 dresses - one casual and one special occasion. They each took about a day to make.
I think she's pretty happy with them both, but looked particularly stunning on her actual prom day.
So if you're new to sewing, try this pattern - I am really happy with the result, and the baby doll twirl top pattern is perfect to adapt and adjust to your own measurements (and even make it into a prom dress :) ) and the instructions are easy to follow. And I especially love that there is no sewing zips or buttons - I am yet to attempt any patterns that involve zips.