A DIY summer dress in the scrap fabric spotlight
Style-up a Summer Outfit
With a fashionable pieced together sundress and handbag
Scraps, remnants and outfits that catch the eye
In a time of disposable fashion, piecing fabric scraps together to create clothing is a satisfying experience. For me, it’s therapeutic. Projects need not be elaborate. If you sew regularly, keep an eye out for smaller pieces of material to use as accents and irregular shaped ones you can incorporate in your designs. The dress on this page is made of 3 different fabric pieces. The bag is also fashioned from 3 separate pieces of material, including the lining. Together they make up an eye-catching summer outfit; all for the cost of digging into the scrap fabric bin.
Fitting Pieces Together
In a fashionable way
No patterns were used; available fabrics and their sizes dictated the designs.
Both pieces are easy and require beginner sewing skills. If you know how to sew seams, insert a zipper and attach elastic, you can do it.
Tools Materials & Notions used
Piece of 3/8” elastic
Iron and ironing board
A Walk in the Park
Enjoying a summer stroll
Bodice –scraps of cotton knit from a two piece pant outfit. Skirt –the outer layer is the bottom portion of fabric left over from a flared skirt; the lining was made with another scrap of white fabric.
Handbag –scraps from an earlier bag project; the green base is made from a 13 ½” x 6 ½” remnant from the cushion covers; a random piece of white fabric was used for the lining. The finished bag is about 6” high and 13” wide with straps that are approximately 22” inches long.
Working with scrap fabric, demands using what you have. As a result, I used 4 pattern pieces for the body of the bag. But it can be reduced to a one, two or three-piece pattern.
Scrap Fabric Spotlight
A closeup of the handbag made with scraps from another bag project: as the fabric was an oversized floral print, I wanted to position the blooms in certain areas on the bag. That meant cutting into; and bypassing other parts of the design.
As a result, I ended up with a fair amount of off-cuts from the sides of the fabric. See the original tote with the buttoned closure below.
Order of handbag construction
Cut and fuse the fabrics
Make the handles
Mark and attach straps to the front and back
Insert zipper by attaching to front and back panel
Stitch together outer bag panels with zipper open
Piece together lining and attach to wrong side of outer bag.
The Original Handbag
I hope the information on construction and materials used is helpful. Since it’s never too early for summer sewing projects, it’s okay to be inspired and start sewing your most best scrap fabric creations now.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read!
Remember; if you have any questions, please ask them in the comment section. I’ll be happy to provide an answer.