Little denim dress, where have you been all my life?

Update: Worn here!

Is the "Little Denim Dress" a thing? I think maybe it should be.

I bought extra of this denim when I made this dress, because I loved it so much and it was 50% off the clearance price, and boy, am I glad I did! I realized I've been needing a strappy dress that's playful and not at all dressy, to wear on hot days when I want something super easy to throw on but don't want to look dressed up in a dress.

I used my old standby strapless dress pattern, McCalls M5849, which is out of print, but is a very basic princess seam pattern. I use it a lot. I added medium-width straps, and I thought a pleated skirt sounded good. Something a little different. I also added some pleats down the center front, since I liked them so much on my first denim dress!

One big difference between this and my other dresses with my fave strapless pattern is I did this one unlined. The denim is lightweight, but still sturdy enough to keep most of its shape in the bodice.

To keep the raw edges from fraying, I pinked the edges. I used a bias binding at the top edge rather than a facing or lining to keep it in place. It worked out great! Here's an inside view.


It's like playclothes! I know we'll have much more hot weather, so many more chances to wear this new dress! The Little Denim Dress - I highly recommend it!

15 comments

  1. That is so cute, you've made me realise my wardrobe is seriously lacking a denim dress!

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  2. Great fit! I love when seamstresses know how to fit their bodies! Afterall, is that not one of the benefits of sewing for yourself?!

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  3. it's totally a thing! i made one last september to fill the same wardrobe need/want. it's a super versatile piece to have! great job on yours, i love the simple lines and details. so cute!

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  4. Very cute! I might try it with my Cambie bodice, since I have that fitting right! If it wasn't a thing, it might be now!

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  5. Super cute! It looks a lot like the chambray dress I made last week. http://memademakes.blogspot.com/2014/07/chambray-all-day-simplicity-1688.html

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  6. OMG this looks so good! The nailhead trim really makes it pop!

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  7. That is the perfect color of denim for your eyes! Beautiful!!! :o)

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  8. Your sewing posts are so helpful! I always wonder what the inside of the garment people make looks like. Is it easy to add pleats to the top? I like that idea, just wouldn't know how to go about it.

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  9. adorable dress and thank you for showing the inside ....that is always so helpful!

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  10. Thanks! Yes, adding vertical pleats at the center front is easy. You just need to cut the center front piece extra wide and then create folds which you stitch down to make into pleats, to take up the excess. I've been meaning to do a tutorial on it but haven't, but I'm sure there's one out there!

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  11. I think I understand- thanks, I will definitely try it!

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  12. I love this dress. It is so cute!

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  13. Pretty! And yes, the Little Denim Dress should be a thing.

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