Ooops, I almost forgot to come back and post about it! Usually when I upload photos to Flickr I blog them right away – this time I uploaded photos then ran out of time to blog, time passed…and now here I am.

infinity dress

This dress is AWESOME. It was the first time I made it, and it still only took an hour! Most of that time was cutting and figuring out how things go together.

Just the Facts:
Pattern: Infinity Dress
Fabric: unknown mixed fibres (probably something like cotton/poly/lycra), stretch, $2.99/m from Fabricland, 3.5 m

After reading the entire thread on Craftster about this dress (warning: it’s over 120 pages long!) and seeing all the fantastic versions that people have made, I took the plunge and headed out to my local Fabricland. I found this fabric as a discounted end for just $2.99/m, so it was a great steal. I’ll admit I wasn’t totally sold on the print when I bought it (but hey, it was cheap) but it’s really grown on me and now I love it!

This was my first time sewing with stretch, but it was surprisingly easy – I used my normal machine and zigzag stitch and was just careful not to distort the fabric while sewing. This fabric wasn’t super stretchy or slippery, so everything went quite smoothly. And no hemming, because knit fabric doesn’t fray!

The dress is super simple and is just composed of a skirt, two long straps (each of which is wide enough to cover a boob) and a waistband to finish the back of the skirt. You can make the dress with just one seam if you have enough fabric – I made a circle skirt out of two half-circles, so my dress has two extra seams in it. But this is seriously the easiest, best-fitting, and most flattering dress I’ve ever sewn. Okay, so I haven’t made many dresses, but that’s mostly because when I do and they don’t fit, I get discouraged!

infinity dress, back

To wear the dress you just pull the skirt on up, however high you want, and use the straps to wrap around you any way you want! For many, many more photos check out that Craftster thread – you can click on “images only” to see just the posts with images (more than ten pages’ worth!). This is definitely my favourite way to wear it, I think, because it’s got some sleeve going on and full coverage in the back.

It’s super comfy too! Ask Dr. Steph, we swapped clothes at knit night this week because she wanted to try it on :P The straps can be a little fiddly, but it’s really fun to try various ways of putting it on! I’m sure at some point I’ll try actually wearing it out with a more…shall we say risque look.

I love this dress so much, I’m already planning on making more. Starting with one in black…

P.S. Sadly I did not take any photos during WWKIP Day/Stephanie’s Birthday party/Franklin at lettuce knit. But Amy’s got some great ones!

40 Responses to “the dress, the dress”

  1. A.Asena Günergök

    Very very nice blog and so kute photos. I like very much. So I added your links and a photo in my blog. Please lets see.
    see you

  2. rowena___.

    yours is one of my favorite versions of this dress! the fabric is really pretty and you look great in it.

  3. orata

    I LOVE this dress–at the beginning of the post, I was thinking “it looks fantastic, but I bet it’s hard to sew” and when I went to look at the pattern, I was blown away by how easy this looks! And i love the way you’ve tied it–looks great on you.

  4. mezzodiva

    The DRESS! The DRESS!
    It’s Fabulous! You look GREAT in it.

    *excuse me – slipping away to see the Craftster thread*

    Oops. Danger.

    I am now contemplating the risk potential of wrapping such a number around my body which is,um,… to be generous… well, that pretty much says it: generous.

    Can I blame you for this?

  5. nisemac

    had to come out of lurking to say i love how it resembles a sari in the back. looks fantastic on you!

  6. Estella

    OMG that dress makes me want to start sewing again! It is wonderful! Can’t wait to see the version in black.

  7. Sarah G

    Also delurking to say how amazing that dress looks! The construction is so clever and I totally have to make it now!

  8. Jill B.

    Thanks for posting a link to that tutorial. I want to make one now! Your dress looks great!

  9. Knittripps

    What a pretty dress! If I could sew, which I can’t, I would make one in black with a red sash.

  10. nakiacasey

    I would have thought that with all that fabric going so many directions that it would look bulky or frumpy. It isn’t at all. It is very flattering on you. Looks great!

  11. Jennifer

    What a neat design. It reminds me a little of baby wraps like the moby wraps. They are just long stretchy pieces of fabric that you can use to carry a baby. Your dress is gorgeous and perfect for summer!

  12. Kimberly

    Your dress is my favorite (and I looked at them ALL last night instead of knitting!!) How come yours looks so much nicer than the rest? Did you do anything differently?

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  14. gleek

    how cool! i’ve seen the commercial version of this dress and i’m glad to see that someone figured out how to make it at home! :)

  15. Jennifer

    Wow! It’s looks great and with the added benefit of looking fabulously comfortable. What a win-win situation.

  16. Anna

    Yet another person de-lurk-ifying just to say: that is an amazingly awesome dress – it looks really different and very flattering!

  17. Angie

    I love the dress. You look fantastic in it! Where’s my sewing machine?!

  18. Peacock Chic

    OMG I forgot all about this dress until I saw your fabulous version. This is especially wonderful because I was looking to make a dress for a trip and this something that would yield instant gratification. BINGO!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Elizabeth

    The dress is wonderful – I can hardly believe it’s made from a few simple pieces. Thanks for the links to the tutorial and the Craftster thread.

  20. Vanessa

    That is one amazing dress! It looks absolutely gorgeous on you, Laura!

  21. Suzanne

    That dress is wonderful! I love your choice of fabric – V.pretty! I have just had a look at all the other dresses on Crafster and every single one of them looks amazing on the maker/wearer! Hurrah for the most flattering dress ever!

  22. Seanna Lea

    I’ll have to try this one. My sewing machine is one of the few things out right now… for those rare bouts of sewing fever I get.

    I have another wedding to attend later this year, and it is always hard for me to find something that I want to wear that has appropriate tattoo coverage so I don’t freak the mundanes.

  23. TracyKM

    I like the dress on you! However, having carried my toddler in a DIY stretchy wrap made from a very similiar fabric….all I can think of is that would make a really good post-partum nursing dress/wrap carrier all-in-one, LOL. But I might think about it a bit more as my FabricLand has that cheap knit ends too :)

  24. Jaime

    This is the cutest dress! I want to make one and I haven’t sewn even a line in years. :D

  25. TracyKM

    Okay! I took apart the stretchy wrap I made/used when my toddler was younger, and now have a dress too! Is there anywhere with actual instructions on wrapping? I’m getting alot of skin showing on the sides!

  26. livininphilly

    I like the print a lot. I have already made one in a not stretchy fabric and it’s beautiful. I have had a hard time finding prints in stretch knit. I’m making my second tonight!!! This is seriously super addictive once you make one you just can’t stop….

    BTW @ mezzodiva, these dresses look great on any body. check out craftster and also a designer called Monif C. She sells one (almost $200!!) for plus size women.

  27. Hilola

    I can’t sew :( but I love your dress :P It really is a very neat design. If you could only make one for me too……


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