7 hrs 49 mins

Welcome to the Debbie Dress Project!

In this Project, you will be able to develop:

  1. Kimono Sleeve Bodice foundation
  2. Dolman Sleeve Torso foundation
  3. Batwing Sleeve Torso Foundation for Jersey
  4. Half Circle or Full Circle Skirt Pattern

Debbie Dress Description

  • Sleeve V neck bodice attached to Half or Full Circle Skirt with side pockets, 
  • It has an Invisible zipper attached to the center back of the dress. Dress has a drawstring waist casing with a self fabric belt. You can also add elastic instead if you desire.  
  • The bodice neckline is faced with self fabric, spaghetti strings attached to the neckline for the look and to close the front neck when needed, visible seams all french seamed.  
  • Sleeves have lining with self fabric.
  • The finishing of the skirt includes,  french seam, pockets are bias binded, the skirt finished with baby hem.  

Debbie Dolman Sleeve Blouse

  • Round neck
  • Semi Relaxed fit 
  • Three Quarter Sleeve length
  • Length: 1” above Hip
  • Fabric Used: Mid-weight 100% silk, Crepe back Satin
  • Details: Semi Relaxed fit with dolman sleeves starting from above the waist point. Bias binded neckline with slit and button. Used French Seam on all visible seams, bias binds around the neckline, sleeve and hem. 

Debbie Batwing Jersey Top

  • Boat Neck
  • Relaxed Fit
  • Long Sleeve 
  • Length: Hipline
  • Fabric: Lightweight 4 way stretch Rayon Jersey (2 way stretch works too)
  • Details: Neckline, sleeves are self fabric binded, bottom of the top is coverstitched 

Technique of Construction

  • Drafting first on pattern paper
  • Sample cutting and fitting on dress form
  • Correcting patterns and turning into Debbie Dress Pattern.

FABRICS & Materials

For Construction


  • For kimono Bodice Foundation Sample fit, 1 yard 
  • For Dolman Sleeve Foundation Sample Fit 1 ¼ yard 
  • For Batwing Foundation Sample Fit 1 ½ Yard (Jersey) 
  • For Half Circle Skirt sample fit. 2 yards 
  • For Full Circle Skirt Sample fit 4 yards

Final Fabrics & Materials

Debbie Dress:

  • Skirt: I used lightweight 100% silk Charmeuse with Ombre print 
  • Bodice: I used 100% Silk matte Satin, with original Etro design print (Etro is a Luxe Italian Brand) 
  • Fabrics all purchased from Mood Fabrics Los Angeles. It is also available online.
  • 8” invisible zipper, small size hook and eyes, 7 yards of Silk Habotai Bias Strips
  • PRO-SHEER (Lightweight)  Elegance COUTURE Fusible Interfacing
  • Gütermann 100% Polyester all purpose thread in colors of the fabric used
  • Mid size beads attached to the strings of the bodice

Fabrics that  Can be Used for all Debbie Project Pieces 

For more draped look : Any content Polyester or Silk, Satin, Charmeuse, Crepe, Georgette, Chiffon, Crépe de Chine, Polyester or Silk Gauze, Crepe Back Satin

Fore more Bodied look: Lightweight Linen, Silk Twill, Silk Organza, Cotton Seersucker, Cotton Batiste, Eyelet Cotton, Poplin, Lightweight Denim, Lightweight Brocade,


For a more draped look:  Lightweight, mid-weight Interlock, 2 way stretch, silk, rayon, viscose lightweight Jersey, single jerseys, or lightweight double jersey, Micro Modal, Bamboo

For a more bodied look: Lightweight Jacquard jersey, double jersey. Punto Roma.

(P.S. These project videos have been applied to Woven fabric. If you decide to apply to Jersey and have questions, please ask during Live Q&A Sessions)  


Lesson 1

Fabrics & Materials Information PDF

Lesson 2

Debbie Design Overview

Lesson 3

Drafting Basic Kimono Bodice

26 mins
Lesson 4

Cutting Basic Kimono Sample

Lesson 5

Fitting Basic Kimono 1st Sample

Lesson 6

Correcting Basic Kimono Pattern

Lesson 7

Elongating Kimono Bodice to Torso and Drafting Dolman Sleeve Torso Foundation

Lesson 8

Drafting Debbie Bodice and Facing

Lesson 9

Debbie Dress Full Circle Skirt Review

Lesson 10

Drafting Full Circle Skirt Part 1 – Two Different Methods for Waist Calculation

Lesson 11

Drafting Circle Skirt – Information PDF

Lesson 12

Sewing Debbie Dolman Sleeve Top – Part 1

Lesson 13

Sewing Debbie Dolman Sleeve Top – Part 2

Lesson 14

Cutting Silk Debbie Dress

Lesson 15

Part 1: Sewing the Bodice, Preparing Facing & Straps

Lesson 16

Part 2: Sewing Bodice Facing & Sleeves

Lesson 17

Part 3: Sewing Skirt with Hong Kong Seam & Hem (Baby Hem on Silk)

Lesson 18

Part 4: Finishing Hem & Sewing Pockets

Lesson 19

Part 5: Attaching Skirt & Top, Sewing Invisible Zipper

Lesson 20

Part 6: Attaching Elastic Waistband Casing to Skirt, Hand-Finishing the Dress



Drafting Circle Skirt-1




Alternate Look: Binding Neckline without Prefold Bias Strips (Advanced Level)

Bias Binding Neckline without Top Stitch (Advanced Level)

Binded Neckline with Slit and Button Loop

How to Cut Circle, Half Circle, Quarter Circle Skirts

How to Make a Waistband Casing (Non Visible)

How to Master Pressing

How to Sew Elastic Casing Waistband

How to Sew Inseam Pockets

How To Sew Inseam Pockets

Neckline Binding For Knits, with Coverstitch or ZigZag Stretch Stitch

Neckline Binding For Knits, With Serger and Straight Stitch Machine

Neckline Binding For Knits, Without Coverstitch

Sewing Inseam Pocket With French Seam

Tips: Handling Knits Without Serger

Tips: Sewing Knits Without Serger

Type of Seam Finishes for Woven Fabrics Without Serger

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