‘Tis the sea-sun for gorgeous maxis and dramatic beach cover-ups, and here to help you shell-ebrate is our newest free sewing pattern! Featuring long sleeves, a billowing wrap skirt, and a daring slit, the Rue Dress can keep you protected from the sun without diminishing any of your stunning sea-witch vibes at the beach this summer. A silky charmeuse or crepe will have you adding this new dress to your maxi collection in a heartbeat (because can you really have too many?), while a voile or eyelet would make the most spectacular cover-up for any of our swimsuit patterns. Be sure to tell us how you’ll be styling your Rue Dress in the comments!
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All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
First, create your waistband by sewing the two front panels to the back at the short side seams. Since this garment is unlined, I recommend using French or bias-bound seams.
Likewise, attach the front panels of your bodice to the back panel at the shoulders and side seams. Evenly gather the bodice into the waistband, matching up any seams or notches.
Next, create each of your sleeves and set them into their respective armscyes on your bodice. Evenly gather the bottoms of your sleeves into a cuff, sew up the cuff sides with a couple inches of button loop braid insert into one of the sides, and slip-stitch the inside edge of the cuff closed. Note, you can opt for an interfacing in your cuff for a little extra stability.
Once your cuffs are slip-stitched closed, add two covered buttons on the edge of your cuff opposite your button loop braid.
Next, you’ll want to form your skirt. Attach your front panels to the back at the side seams. Be sure to keep one seam open from about 12″ from the waistband down to the hem. Finish those open edges with a simple rolled hem.
Around the raw edges of your neckline and skirt, sew your 1/2″ ribbon face to face along the very edge, like you see above. Roll the ribbon toward the inside of your garment, and edge-stitch to finish binding the edges of your dress.
Evenly gather your skirt into the waistband of your dress and add corresponding ties and a loop so you can wrap the lower layer of the front of your dress inward and tie it like a robe.
Next, create your two belt ties and attach one to the waistband of the upper layer of your dress and opposite side seam, like you see above.
Hem the bottom of your dress and it’s ready to wear! Will you be giving the Rue Dress a try? Let me know in the comments below!