Staple patterns are some of my favorite because they are versatile….and are ripe for the HACKING!
Hacking patterns, all of them, is really how I found out I love to design and create my own patterns. It got to a point where I was never making patterns as they were drafted, only hacking.
So now when I’m drafting new patterns, I’m always thinking….”hmmmm…..how can I change this.” Basically….it is my ADHD showing up in my work 😛
Sooooo….The first hack I did with the Barefoot Dress was to give it tie-shoulders because more adjustability is always a good thing AND they’re super cute! I have mine tied a bit higher here than the arms binding keeps the dress and that’s the great part! If you want your top or dress to sit higher or lower, tie straps add that versatility for you.
Do how do you achieve this?
Let me show you!
Add about 20″ to the arm binding length noted in the pattern cut chart. This is approximate, no science here. I use 20″ because you can always trim length, but adding length…well…you can’t do that.
Attach the tie to the armscye of the dress, pulling and stretching the tie taut to match the stretching required of the arm binding in the pattern. Pin or clip the tie in place and attach as directed in the pattern.
Continue following the pattern instructions for finishing the arm binding, but since we are not doing a binding in the round and are doing a tie, it will be just a tad different. You will but up the long edges and press the binding to the right side of the fabric. You will be leaving the ends raw here as well, no end finishing required. Pin or clip those tie bindings in place.
You will now sew those ties so they won’t open up. You will still want to use a stretch stitch here as part of the tie is stretched along the bodice and it is always best to use a stretch stitch with stretch fabric.
Step Five (LAST ONE!):
Put your dress or tank on and tie the shoulders where you want the top or dress to sit. You will then knot the ties where you want the ends to be and trim the extra tie off.
And BOOM! You have a super cute summer dress for all of your BBQs and fun in the sun coming!
I hope you all try this with your Barefoot patterns!
P.S. Fabric used in this blog is from Mily Mae Fabrics