How to Make an Adjustable DIY Cami Dress That is Perfect for Summer

6 Materials
$20
2 Hours
Easy

Follow my tutorial to learn how to make this adjustable DIY cami dress. The pattern and instructions are easy, and this summer dress will become one of your favorite summer wardrobe items! Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • 1 yard polyester fabric (80-90 centimeters)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
DIY cami dress pattern

1. Create the cami dress pattern pieces

With the right side facing in, fold the fabric in half twice so you have a rectangle.

How to make a summer dress

Measure and cut a rectangle 80 centimeters (31.5 inches) by 31 to 35 centimeters (12.2 to 13.8 inches), keeping the fold at the top.

How to make the cami dress sewing pattern

Mark 17 to 20 centimeters (6.69 to 7.87 inches) from the top along the left edge of the rectangle and 34 to 36 centimeters (13.38 to 14.17 inches) along the bottom.


Join those two marks with a diagonal line, then cut along that line.

Sewing the raw edges with a zigzag stitch

2. Finish the raw edges

Open up the fabric and you now have 2 identical pieces for the front and back of your dress. Zigzag stitch along all edges of both pieces.

Hemming the arm areas

3. Pin and sew the sides

Turn in and pin the sides of both pieces along the inside edge of the zigzag stitching and sew the edges in place.

Making a channel at the top

4. Sew channels at the top

Mark a 3-centimeter (1.18-inch) hem at the top of the dress. 

Sewing the channel

Fold the hem down at that line, pin, and sew along the open long edge. Do not sew the sides of the channel closed. Turn the fabric over and topstitch in the same place. Repeat for the other piece.

Sewing the side seams of the dress

5. Sew the sides seams

Put both pieces together with right sides facing in. Pin and sew the straight edge side seams.

Hemming the bottom of the dress

6. Hem the bottom

Make a 3-centimeter (1.18-inch) hem at the bottom of the dress.

Measuring straps for the dress

7. Make the straps

Cut two 140 x 5-centimeter (55.1 x 1.9-inch) strips from leftover fabric.

Sewing the straps

Fold the long edges of the strap into the middle and then fold the strip in half again.


Sew along the long open edge of the strap, then turn the fabric right side out.

Threading the straps through the casings

8. Threading the strap through the casing

Thread a strap through the channel at the top of the front of the dress. Do the same to the back for the second strap.

Gathering the top and tying the straps

Gather the top of the dress evenly on both sides and then tie the loose ends of the straps together

How to make a cami dress for summer

All done! You can wear this cami dress loose...

DIY cami dress

...or make a tie the same way you made the straps. Either way, it’s so cool and comfortable, and was simple to make!


DIY cami dress tutorial

Try out this DIY summer dress and leave a comment to let me know how yours turned out.

Suggested materials:
  • 1 yard polyester fabric (80-90 centimeters)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
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