I Am Cute Dresses

25

Simple
Designs
to Sew

Sato Watanabe

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Contents
Introduction
1 I Am Jumper for Joy
2 I Am Shift Into Tunic
3 I Am Cute Contrast
4 I Am Very V-Neck
5 I Am Pleats & Petals
6 I Am Mandarin Empire
7 I Am Barely Ruffled
8 I Am Baby Bateau
9 I Am Hello Halter
10 I Am Simply Standup
11 I Am Sweetly Gored
12 I Am Sassy Sundress
13 I Am Twice As Nice
14 I Am Tiny Tucks
15 I Am All the Trimmings
16 I Am Raglan to Riches
17 I Am All Wrapped Up
18 I Am Dainty Drops
19 I Am Sweet Sweet Ties
20 I Am Tripled Tier
21 I Am Sew Buttoned Down
22 I Am Magical Insets
23 I Am Kimono Cut
24 I Am Box-Pleated Wonder
25 I Am Satin Doll
Construction Tips
Glossary of Terms
Fabric Layouts and Instructions

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I Am Jumper for Joy

I really love big cargo pockets, especially when combined with simple
skirts and dresses. They really make a statement! I made this everyday
black jumper with machine-washable 100% nylon—so I know I’ll get a lot
of use out of it. For a more elegant look, I made the same dress out of a
gray twill fabric.
Just by changing materials, you can change the entire look of the design—that’s the real thrill of sewing for yourself. Pick your favorite design
and make two or three dresses with different fabrics to create a variety of
different effects. A flower print would work well for this style, too!
* fabric layout and how-to instructions

pp. 68–73
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I Am Shift Into Tunic

I received some lovely kimono cloth as
a gift and turned it into this charming
dress. I loved the combination of bold
pattern and beautiful colors in the fabric.
A Japanese kimono is a simple garment
with straight lines (like all of the designs in
this book)—and so is this fantastic kneelength dress, which can also be worn as
a tunic top over pants or leggings.
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* fabric layout and how-to instructions

pp. 74–79

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I Am Cute Contrast

This striped linen comes from Italy. No wonder
it is vivid. I made the most of this stiff linen by
making tucks and creating a cool visual effect
with a border hem.
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I Am Very V-Neck
(shown on pages 12–13)

Materials
Fabric: 114¼" x 44" (290 cm x 112 cm) of floral
border-print fabric
Fusible interfacing: 19¾" x 8" (50 cm x 20 cm)
Invisible zipper: 28" (71 cm)
Hook and eye: 1 set
Optional Sizing Adjustments
★ a = H / 4 + 13¾" (35 cm)
★ b = H / 4 + 11¾" (30 cm)
★c=H/4
★ d = H / 16
H = Hip measurement
Seam Allowances
Unless otherwise noted, seam allowances are ⅜" (1 cm).

Fabric Layout

4"
Collar (10 cm)

4¾"
(12 cm)

11¾" Armhole binding
(30 cm)

Fold 9½"
(24 cm)

1½" (4 cm)
1½" (4 cm)

Fold
Skirt front

Skirt back

18"
⅜" (1 cm) (46 cm) 9½"
(24 cm)★c
1½" (4 cm)
Bodice 8¾"
front (22 cm)
4"
(10 cm)

2¼"
(6cm) (

4"
(10cm
pleat

Skirt
center
back

2¼"
(6cm) (6
Bodice
back

Width 44"
(112 cm)

4"
(10cm
pleat

23¼"
(59 cm)★a

Hem
(¾" [2 cm])

Hem
(¾" [2 cm])
54 ★b

Floral border
pattern

34½"
(88 cm)

34½"
(88 cm)

Po

Fol

Selvedge

(ri
114¼"
(290 cm)

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25 easy-to-make and wear dresses
Start sewing simple and adorable dresses
that you’ll love to wear. You don’t need
complicated patterns to make these 25
easy, loose, and effortlessly stylish garments. Each of these dresses is designed
from basic, simple shapes that require no
difficult or advanced tailoring and will be
flattering on everyone.
You just need the basic template for
each dress. You can adjust the width
using an included formula and length by
simply raising or dropping the hemline.
These easy-to-sew and easy-to-fit cute
dresses will quickly become staples in
your wardrobe.
Sato Watanabe loves designing and

making clothes. Sato is also the author of
several sewing books published in Japan.
This is her first book of designs published
in the United States.

Paperback
7¼ x 10, 120 pages
ISBN 978-1-59668-351-8
$22.95
Available August 2011

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