However, the one-hour dress, a popular DIY pattern from the 1920's, has several points in its favor:
To see many examples of how to cut the pattern, from modern and vintage sources, as well as examples of the dress made up in different fabrics, check out my One-hour Dress Pinterest board.
I made my first one-hour dress last year. Basically, I traced a tee shirt that fit me, marked the low hip line, added skirt-width to be gathered at the hip, and cut. So easy. For my first attempt, I cut it straight across at the neck, making the front and back pieces identical. Then I sewed the shoulders off-kilter so the front neckline had extra to drape inward and the back neckline was correspondingly long at the outside edges of the shoulders. I pleated the back extra to fit the front, so there was fullness over my shoulder.
To sew it up took me about four hours, mostly because I was working with a knit for the first time, and I didn't know how to finish the edges. And because I made cute bows to cover the area of gathers at the hips. Well, "one-hour dress" is the name, not a promise!
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