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Crescent Variation : Elastic Waist Dress

You guys, you have no idea how excited I’ve been to do a Crescent dress variation! Ever since Megan first showed me the graphics for the new designs, a Crescent dress has been on my mind. And I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out!

The Crescent pattern is designed to easily add a skirt to the waist, since the top portion ends at the waist (around the belly button). No need for any adjustments if you don’t want to, just add a gathered skirt, and you’re good to go! And Crescent is designed to be loose fitted, so to bring it in at the waist, I just added some elastic. Easy peasy!

Read on to see how to do this easy variation, and don’t forget to reference yesterday’s post for tips and tricks on assembling the crescent top!

1. This is your basic dirndl / gathered skirt. Cut two rectangles of your fabric (reference graphic above). Don’t forget seam and hem allowance.

Sew the two side seams together. Now sew your rows of basting stitches, using the longest stitch length on your machine, and leaving long threads at the end. Pull at the thread ends to gather the fabric until it matches up with the bottom edge of your Crescent blouse. Pin, and sew.

2. Measure your waist and subtract about 1”. Now cut that length out of elastic (I used clear elastic, but you can use whatever elastic you would like).

Overlap the two ends slightly, and pin together to form a loop. Mark off 4 equal sections of the elastic loop with more pins, by folding in half once, then twice.

3. Now, remember your top and skirt are already sewn together. Turn your dress inside out, so your top is inside your skirt, and your seam is flat. You’ll be attaching the elastic to the waist seam, right over top of  where you’ve just sewn.

Those 4 pins in your elastic should be attached to 4 spots on your dress – the two side seams, center front, and center back.

4. As you sew your elastic over your waist seam, stretch the elastic between the pins to match up with the dress.

That’s it! You have a Crescent dress with an elastic, fitted waist! Simple, right?

About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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11 years ago

I love this variation! It’s adorable!

11 years ago

I love this!

11 years ago

So cute!

11 years ago

I just adore this. Thanks for the tute!!

11 years ago

Gorgeous! I just adore the Crescent blouse. It has so much potential for variation and your dress is a lovely example :) can’t wait to make mine.

11 years ago

Soooo WONDERFUL! lovely dress indeed! :)))

11 years ago

I really don’t like this dress!
The collar reminds me of cows udders!

11 years ago

Eeek so cute:) Love the colour too

11 years ago

OH MY GOODNESS. I need this pattern asap!


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10 years ago

Thanks for the great tutorial! I used this technique with another dress tutorial for a maxi dress so that I would not have to use the casing for the elastic that she used and it worked great!