I have had this reasonable sized piece of grey jersey for a while. Its left over from this top:
Its a very simple top with just zigzagging up the side seams and around the armholes and then the excess fabric was cut into fringing. I did not even add shoulder seams or at the start a neck edge.
I added a neck edge or collar after wearing this last week because I like it and reckon it will not last long without. This dress also has a raw edge hem so no hem at all just the end of the fabric.
I did make one cock-up though. I am so used to sewing everything on the wrong side I sewed this up inside out - fabric wise anyway fogetting the sewing is actually going to be on the right side in this design. Probably means it will pill more quickly I suppose. The neck piece is right side so there is a very slight contrast.
If I make another at some future date I will also add shoulder seams simply to make it easier to add the collar. The lack of shaping ( its really just one large rectangle folded over and a hole cut for the neck) meant it was actually quite difficult to add the collar on and get a good finish. Its not too bad but could be better.
For a quick summer dress its a good make because it took all of 10 minutes to sew it up and fringe the sides. Definitely worth considering if you need a very fast new dress or top.
I have worn this three times since making and its a case so far as worn, washed, and worn again, so its a serious hit despite being so simple. I am coming to the conclusion my best makes are not the fitted difficult items I make but the fast thrown together often with no pattern makes and these seem to be what I choose to wear the most. Certainly food for thought that!
Have you made any simple dresses recently?