How to: Infinity dress.
Blog Transfer #19: First Clothing Attempt, Infinity Dress
Originally posted on April 6, 2012
I used this awesome Infinity Dress tutorial from Sew Like My Mom to make my first EVER clothing item... an infinity dress. These dresses ROCK. I'm really excited about them because I love being able to change the straps for however I'm comfortable that day. There are some really neat youtube videos showing different ways to wear the infinity dresses; I'll link a couple at the end of my blog. I won't really get too much into what I did to make this dress because the Sew Like My Mom blog does an awesome job explaining it, but I'll explain some of my changes below, per the recommendation of another sewing mom. After using the measurements from Sew Like My Mom, I think the strap width for anyone should really be 11" or so- mine just were too small at 9". I might have measured myself incorrectly or maybe I'm just less comfortable showing too much breast. I am still nursing Baby G so there's no way in hell I could've gone out in public with those 9" straps. He's got an AWESOME grip and excellent coordination for a 6 month old so I can imagine a very embarrassing "hey where's that breeze coming from?" moment occurring at my friend's wedding. I'd like to avoid that.
A couple quick notes:
1) You do not need to finish your edges on the fabric if you chose the right fabrics that won't fray. Mine is poly knit. Finishing the edges would be a pain in the butt so I recommend getting fabric that won't fray.
2) Go for a longer skirt... I say this because it's really easy to shorten the skirt after you're done, but much harder to lengthen it. I'm wishing mine was a bit longer, but alas...
3) Maybe take a bit off the measurements for your waist- it seems like a lot of people find that the waist is a little too large (on the skirt itself). I've been adjusting my skirt to fit the waistband as I pin the waist down. Again, it's a lot easier to make it bigger than it is to make it smaller.
4) You'll likely need to lay out your material for the straps on the floor. If you have pets- or if you never vacuum- this is now a good time to do so. BEFORE you lay the material on the floor.
|Just so you get an idea of what I'm working with here, in terms of space, as well as pet/baby action.|
First Attempt in Progress
My first attempt: If you can see it in the pictures, you'll notice that my sides are bare. Ugh. This drives me crazy. If you don't mind this, I guess you could skip adding the extra fabric for the higher "waist."
Fixing It- BOO for seam ripping
As mentioned before, due to issues with the straps (9") not covering my breasts properly/easily, I seam ripped (EVIL!) it all and redid the straps to be 12" wide. I also changed the waist piece so that it covers more of my torso. I made my waist piece the same length (for the waist measurement), but wider/taller (20" once folded, if I recall). The mama on the Toddlers with Scissors blog gave me all sorts of helpful tips on fixing this dress to cover me up a little better- she makes all sorts of great stuff, and she has a picture on her blog of an infinity dress that she made for a client.
Left: This second try, I decided to use my rotary cutter and the cutting mat so I could get straighter lines. MUCH easier.
This is the front and back of the dress, prior to tying the straps. As you can see, the torso is much higher now. Prior to this change, it only covered about 5 inches of my stomach. Now it covers up my sides and breasts. This is a lot more comfortable for me, as a nursing mom (and a prude). I had to sew two different pieces together to make the "waist" so that's the only reason it looks odd. If I'd started this from the beginning, instead of needing to redo everything, then I would've had enough fabric to cut it out altogether.
Final Product, with various different ties: I seem to be having an awful time figuring out how to tie this dress successfully... the youtube videos made it look so easy, but I think I've still got to learn how to do this better. I think I'm happy with the final product- just not the inept work tying it. I also think that I'd like to try the floor length version of this, which I linked in the youtube links below.
To see how to wear/wrap your infinity dress, here are a couple youtube links:
- 21 Ways to Wear the Henkaa Convertible Dress in 5 Minutes!
- Infinity Dress - Tart Collection
- How to wear your convertible dress - The Front twist halter
Here's youtube links for making your infinity dress if that's easier:
And I found this in my searching that has an example of this woman's infinity shirt... looks great!
I wanted to add a couple more details to my dress so I decided to add a white edge to it. I used wide single fold bias tape and I needed two packages of 3 yards each. I used a zig zag stitch to sew it on. I really like how it looks!
And just a useful last tidbit for today...
25 Alternative Uses For Fabric Softeners! I saw this the other day and thought it was awesome. I used to put fabric softener sheets inside my boxing gloves to keep them fresh, and I still have so many boxes of these sheets... I never seem to remember to put them in the dryer with my clothes.