The real summer weather has taken it’s good old time getting to Virginia but it’s finally going to make it’s appearance this week. Or so I’m told. I’ve been eagerly awaiting it’s return because sundress season is my absolute favorite. I love the ease of throwing on a simple, comfortable dress and walking out the door. What I love most about Melly Sews’ 30 Days of Sundresses is that each year, it provides me with the motivation to add something new to my sundress wardrobe. This year I’m pairing this classic linen dress with some edgy embellishments. Grommets are so easy to install and add a unique element to any dress. Read on for instructions on how to make this comfortable, DIY grommet dress.
When I first sat down to design this DIY grommet dress, I originally thought I’d draft the bodice myself. I was thinking something with a square neckline but as I was combing through my patterns, I realized the Catalina Dress would be the perfect base for installing the grommets. The only change I had to make was to cut an extra layer of the front and back bodice since I was going to use a woven fabric.
I have to admit, this dress is a lot different from what normally resides in my closet. It’s a bit edgy but I think the dropped waist and softness of the linen plays nicely together. I love how the linen straps look knotted through the metal grommets.
If you’d like to give this look a try, read on for the modifications.
Cut two front and two back bodice pieces. Start with the two front bodice pieces. With right sides together sew the top neckline and arm scythes using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Turn right side out and press. Then do the same with the back bodice pieces. Then, with right sides together, sew the side seams as normal. Now, fold the “straps” under 1/2 inch and press.
Cut four rectangles, 2 1/2 inches by the length you want your straps. I cut mine 16 inches long. Place two pieces, right sides together and sew along the outside edges, leaving the bottom open. Cut the corners, turn right side out and press. Do the same with the other two pieces.
Now tuck the open end of one strap into the back bodice “strap. Pin and edge stitch. Repeat with the other strap.
You may want to do two rows of top stitching for security.
Follow the instructions on the package to attach the grommets. Start by using the provided template to mark the correct size circles with water soluble marker. Then cut out the circles marked.
Place the bottom grommet piece through the back of the circle.
Press the top grommet until you hear it click.
Repeat with the other grommet and follow the pattern instructions.
I debated the skirt length on this dress but ended up keeping it at the midi range. Not sure if it was a matter of the weather taking forever to change over into Summer gear or whether I just like the idea of getting a wee bit more use out of my Summer dresses. Either way, I’m pretty happy with how things turned out.