Pattern Design: A dress with straight skirt foundation, flattering high waist and draping sarong wrap over skirt piece. There are three strap variations to choose from; strapless, halter neck or shoulder ties. The bodice is lined and you can choose to insert boning into the bodice which will add structure, present a more flatering smooth shape and create a couture finish. You'll learn new skills, improve your sewing confidence and increase your knowledge of dressmaking all under the guiding eye of a teacher supporting you through the steps. In a workshop at this level, you are expected to know how to use a sewing machine. The bolero pattern and instructions are included for you - but you will probably not have time to make this in class.
Photographed Sample: For our sarong dress, we made a fun summer dress inspired by Britan's post WW2 celebrations. A modern twist was added with a joyful pom pom trim that picked up on highlights in the large follage print. This sample was made by Thread Den teachers; Amy M and Dan, in a tropical print rayon fabric purchased at Spotlight. To accentuate the sarong piece in the skirt, we finished it with the contrasting pom pom trim. Our teacher Laura models it, and her 1940s styled hair and beauty was by our very own Miss Lee. You can view more photos of our Sarong Dress taken at St Kilda - click here.
Styling Ideas: Your sarong dress could be the ultimate Summer party dress with large floral prints in pretty pastel colours. For some After Five glamour make an all black, strapless sarong dress and run a sparkling sequinned fringe along the sarong piece. If you are looking for more ideas, we have loads to look through on our Pinterest Board.
Notes on supplies: Ensure you select a closed end invisible zip (not the very similar light weight open ended zip). This pattern is not suitable for knit fabrics. For directional prints, large prints and fabrics with nap you should purchase extra fabric. Please click here to read about the right interfacing to choose. You can purchase rigiline boning from Thread Den.
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This is my favourite garment that Thread Den offers as a sewing class. I get so many compliments when I wear my sarong dress. It is the sort of dress that never goes out of fashion and there is a choice strapless, halter and ties. The teacher is a sewing expert, who also has amazing patience...