“Making a dress is not hard!” promises Tanya Whelan, author of Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time. Considering our best sewing achievement thus far has been a rectangle makeup bag from a wine and sew weekend, we were a little intimidated by her promise. Then looking through her step-by-step tutorials for each project, peppered with supportive tips and encouragement along the way, it’s clear that Whelan’s approachable style would get us rolling up our sleeves to make our own custom dress.
A few of our favorite pieces, though there are plenty for every style, size, and shape:
A super swingy, breathable Beach Bonfire Dress in a lightweight cotton.
The Zig-Zag Shirtdress A classic, in a more relaxed fit.
Ah, the LBD! Using decorative yoke variations, The After Midnight Dress can be adapted to looks for morning and evening.
The Night At the Opera dress is a showstopper all on its own. Imagine the response when you reveal: ‘I made this last week!’
This is such a flattering cut, gently pulling away from the waist. The Brooklyn Knit Dress is a strong contender for your weekly work wardrobe.