Hot! The “Jumping the Queue” Dress

The Facts
Fabric: Striped cotton jersey from Mood sale, $10 for 2 yards
Pattern: Modified Stretch & Sew 1505
Year: 1979
Notions: Elastic from stash
Time to complete: 8 hours (8 eps Party Animals)
First worn: To look at a new apartment and run errands on Saturday
Wear again? Aye, aye!
Total price: ~$10
I was going to do trousers. I was. For weeks I had it in my mind I was going to make them. I had everything ready! But then it got hot outside. Blistering hot! I couldn’t bear to wear trousers. And I couldn’t keep wearing the same half-dozen lighter skirts and tops, and two summery dresses over and over again to work. I need more freedom in my wardrobe! I need more dresses so I don’t have to pick out both a top and a bottom! Whole outfit in one go. Done. Sorted.

So this had to happen. And I couldn’t be more pleased! I’ve been eyeing striped dresses for a bit and I bought this fabric especially to make one (and a 3/4 sleeve top for fall). I was heavily influenced by the “What’s the Line-Up” Dress in the Make-This-Look feature last week. I’m always boring and do the prints the same way, so breaking out of my bubble was weird but rewarding.

Obviously I made a few modifications to the pattern. First, I skipped sleeves and just bound the arm holes. Second, I made the scoop-neck less drastic. Third, and most significant, I added an elastic waist. I simply used the waistline mark to decide where to cut the top and bottom separately, and added seam allowance to both pieces. I then joined them as if I was doing a French seam, trapping the elastic in between. Simple! And it doesn’t tickle my tummy.

Can you see how nice the collar is in the pics? This was my second try as the first one “waffled” (is that a real term because it’s the only thing I could think of to describe it.) So I watched a few YouTube videos on tricks to sew a perfect neckline et voila! Practically perfect in every way!



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. This is a very nice dress and really looks great on you. I like how you designed the stripes to go across on the top and up and down on the skirt. It’s a very pleasing visual to the passerby. I prefer iit with the yellow belt and beads. It really gives it a finished look.

  2. Love your dress. So cool and comfortable. Happy sewing.

  3. The neckline trim looks amazing. I had to enlarge the pictures cause at first it’s not so obvious. I really like the modifications you did.

  4. So cute and summery Liz! Love it with the belt. Did the neck binding get twisted? Buckled? Looks like you nailed it second time!

  5. Love the dress with the yellow belt! Such a fresh, cool combination of colours!

  6. “Whole outfit in one go”. That’s the very reason I love dresses too, some women feel it is more of a bother to wear a dress, not me.

    I love the colors you used and it looks comfortable. Nice Job

  7. Love it! and yep it looks like you did a fab job of that neckline I love the pop of yellow in you accessories too.

  8. Comfortable and quite stylish – what a win! I love the stripes and it looks great accessorized with the yellow belt.

  9. I’m so with you for just grabbing a dress in hot weather and not having to think about a partner garment….love the stripes on you and the yellow belt and necklace with the dress are perfect, ok, practically perfect. Oooh I nearly forgot the sandals – love those too :)