Sack Dress Sack

Apr 12, 2007
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by Lauren Irving

Introduction

Sack Dress SackAh, the sack dress. You remember them. Those baggy shapeless, sleeveless sacks with straight sides that dove to the floor – and just about everyone wore one with a white t-shirt. If you were feeling kind of sexy, yours might have had strings that tied in the back. Ten years ago it was a wardrobe staple. Now it’s a “What was I thinking and why is it still in my closet?” Somehow this dress escaped my last closet purge. Call it the allure of linen. I could donate this dress to charity, but why not give it a second chance as my new spring purse?

Materials List

  • MC: One long, straight sack dress. 20” wide x 45” long (armpit to hem measurement) or about 1 1/4 yds. of 42” wide fabric, which will yield approximately 110 yds of 1/2” fabric yarn. Look for mid-weight cotton or cotton blends. This dress was a 50% cotton/50% linen blend.
  • CC1: One silk or satin slip or blouse for lining, or about 1/2 yd of lining fabric.
  • US P / 10.0 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Seam ripper
  • Cutting implements to cut up the dress (scissors and a ruler or a rotary cutter, plastic ruler and cutting mat with a grid)
  • Scissors
  • Washable marking pen/pencil (a regular #2 pencil may also work, for darker fabrics use 1/4” paper tape)
  • Pins
  • Sewing thread to match the lining and sack fabric
  • Sharp sewing needle
  • Sewing Machine (optional)
  • Iron (optional)

Finished Size

9” wide x 6.5” high x 4.5” deep

Gauge

7 dc / 4.5 rows = 4”

Notes

Dresses, beforeThe raw edges of the strips will fray. This can be very messy when you are working on your sack. If you do not want a frayed look to your sack or you do not want to deal with the mess, you will need to use 5 yds. of fabric cut into 2” strips. Sew each strip together. Press the strip in half and then fold and press each raw edge to the center press line. Using a bias tape maker can help you do this faster. Roll into a ball.

Beginning ch 2 counts as 1st dc.

The body of the sack is worked in the round; use a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round and do not turn at the end of each round.

The flap and strap of the sack are worked in rows. Turn at the end of each row.

Dress Prep

  1. Remove the seams, hem and facings of the dress using a seam ripper. Use an iron to press out any creases.
  2. Using your cutting implements, cut the front and back of the dress into 1/2” strips from the hem to the shoulders.
  3. To join the strips of fabric using one of the following methods:
    1. Sew the strips together on a sewing machine. Roll into a ball.
    2. Cut a small vertical slit into each end of every strip. Insert strip B 1” into a slit in strip A. Pull the long tail of strip B through the slit of strip B. Pull tight and repeat (see photo). Roll into a ball.
Joining fabric strips into yarn

The Pattern

Sack

With MC, ch 12.

Rnd 1: skip first three chs from hook (counts as 1st dc), dc in back loop only of each of next 8 ch, 5 dc in last ch, working in the free loops on the opposite side of the foundation chain, dc in each of the next 8 ch, 4 dc in the last ch, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3 to join. (26 dc)

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 8 dc, 2 dc in next dc, (dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc) twice, dc in each of next 8 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, sl st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2 to join. (32 dc)

Rnd 3: ch 2, dc in same st as sl st, dc in each of next 9 dc, 2 dc in next dc, (dc in each of next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc) twice, dc in each of next 9 dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 2 dc) twice, sl st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2 to join. (38)

Rnd 4: ch 2, dc in each dc around, sl st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2 to join. (38 dc)

Rnd 5: ch 2, dc2tog over next 2 sts, dc in each of next 9 dc, dc2tog over next 2 sts, dc in each of next 6 dc, dc2tog over next 2 sts, dc in each of next 9 dc, dc2tog over next 2 sts, dc in each of next 5 dc, sl st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2 to join. (34 dc)

Rnds 6 & 7: Repeat Rnd 4. (34 dc)

Rnd 8: ch 2, dc2tog over next 2 sts, dc in each of next 5 dc, (dc2tog over next 2 sts, dc in each of next 3 dc) twice, dc2tog over next 2 sts, dc in each of next 5 dc, dc2tog over next 2 sts, dc in each of next 3 dc, dc2tog over next 2 sts, dc in each of next 2 dc, sl st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2 to join. (28 dc)

Rnd 9: Repeat Rnd 4. (28 dc)

Do not fasten off; continue to flap.

Flap

Row 1: ch 2, dc in each of next 8 dc, turn. (9 dc)

Row 2: ch 2, dc in each st across, turn. (9)

Row 3: ch 2, 2 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, turn. (11)

Row 4: ch 2, 2 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 7 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, turn. (13)

Row 5: ch 2, (dc2tog over next 2 sts, dc in next dc) four times, turn. (9)

Row 6: ch 1, sc in first dc, sc2tog over next 2 sts, ch 2, sk 2 dc, sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next dc twice, turn. (7 sc)

Row 7: 7 dc in ch-2 sp. (7 dc)

Fasten off and weave in the yarn ends. Tack the yarn ends down with a sharp needle and matching thread.

Sack Strap

Row 1: with RS facing and flap to the back, join yarn in 2nd st from beginning of flap on right side , ch 1, sc in same st as joining, sc in each of next 2 sts, turn. (3 sc)

Rows 2-37: ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Join strap to opposite side of sack with sl st. Fasten off and weave in the yarn ends. Tack the yarn ends down with a sharp needle and matching thread.

Alternately, you may sew the strap to the sack with a sharp needle and matching thread.

Finishing

Making the Button

Cut a circle from your lining fabric that is 6” in diameter. Roll or crush a scrap of the lining fabric into a 1” ball. (Rolling will make a firm button; crushing will make a soft button.) Enclose the ball in the circle of lining fabric. Using matching thread, pinch fabric together and wrap thread around the “tail” of the button 10-20 times (to create the shank) and sew it closed. Weave the tail into the center front of the sack to align the button with the buttonhole in the flap. From the inside of the sack, sew the tail of the button to the inside of the bag to secure.

marking the liningLining your Sack

If you are using a slip or blouse, turn it inside out and lay it on a flat surface. Pin it together so it doesn’t shift while you trace and cut your lining. Lay your finished sack down on top of the lining fabric. Using a marking pen, trace around the body of the sack. This is your sewing line. Draw a straight line on the lining fabric across the opening of the sack. This is your fold line. Measure and draw a line 5/8” from your sewing line and 1” from your fold line. This is your cutting line.

Cut out your lining along the cutting line. With the right sides of the lining together, sew along the sewing line using either a sewing machine or sew by hand using a backstitch. Do not sew the fold line along the opening of the bag.

cut the lining

Fold down both sides of the fabric of the opening along the fold line toward the wrong side of the fabric. Press the opening. Place the lining inside the sack. Using a sewing needle and matching thread, sew the lining to the inside of the sack using a hemming stitch.

Lining detail

Sack Dress Sack schematic 


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Comments

Dayna wrote
on Apr 17, 2007 3:21 PM

This is a GREAT idea! LOVE IT! There's a fabric store going out of business near my home and I can get great deals there! Thanks again!

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aubrey wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 7:21 PM

This is a great idea and perfectly executed! I love your choice of colors and the style of the bag is great. Thanks for sharing.

on Oct 6, 2007 5:54 PM

I am a relatively new crocheter and honestly I had not thought of using fabric... What an awesome idea!!! The purse is very cool, too. Love it! Thanks!

enygma36 wrote
on Oct 21, 2007 2:43 PM

this is a great idea its really good. i read through it so ill mark it as a favorite when i find a really cool dress. or material. thanks!!

mmmelina wrote
on Oct 25, 2007 2:43 AM

sooo great i absolutely love it!!!

sweetjelly wrote
on Dec 14, 2007 8:37 AM

wow! i love it! and cool color choices they go well together!!!

lizi85 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 1:12 AM

oh, id never thought of that!

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yes, i'm a 'hookér........ go figure

on Feb 12, 2008 10:28 PM

I am pretty new at using patterns, so this will be a fun one to try. Gosh all those old dress I have..lol

I took the handmade pledge!

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DarleneT@2 wrote
on Jun 4, 2008 12:11 PM

Cute purse and what a great way to recycle a dress etc that maybe one can no longer wear or is tired of as a dress and yet still loves the fabric.. Really cute.

MariaE@7 wrote
on Aug 13, 2008 8:43 AM
MIMA
Love that purse.
Now I have to go in to my closet or maybe my daughters and see what I can use tehe

now really, I am going to the store and get some material.

marcyb1 wrote
on Dec 22, 2008 5:52 PM

wow! this is so pretty :) I love the colors, too. I am a new crocheter, but I plan on making this in the future! I can't wait to score the thrift shops for some cool material to use! thanks for inspiring and sharing!

rogersor wrote
on Apr 4, 2009 9:17 AM

I have yet to see a bag pattern I didn't like. Thank you!

JoniB2009 wrote
on Jun 2, 2009 12:11 AM
Ah I had a dress just like you described with the ties in the back and I wore it with a white t shirt too! LOL I just loved how comfotable it was and of course on a show that I love to watch "What Not to Wear" they rip everyone to shreds that has one of these in their closets! I really love this show but they do need to remember that as long as it is just sitting in the closet and not on you then it is OK because fashion changes and what we think we will never wear again does come back eventually! I love this purse that you made!! I think it is much better than working with the plastic grocery bags although I am for any kind of recycling of items. I think this would be softer on the hands than the hard plastic would be? Have you ever tried to use the plarn? Well thanks for the sharing of these patterns! Beautiful job!
Joni:-)

www.jonicrochetcreations.etsy.com

rasha wrote
on Jul 2, 2009 1:42 PM

thats vere good work

nododo wrote
on Aug 1, 2009 5:42 AM
Brilliant idea,
I am also a newbie to crochet.
Have found some interesing ideas on the web.
This is another brilliant one for charity if you don't mind if we use it.
Having lots of dresses etc that get thrown out of the Op Shop for rags, some of the experts will find this an interesting idea for stalls etc instead of the rag bag.
Thanks so much, please let me know if we can use this?
If yes we will keep you posted as to how we go.
Blessings

Janina

Ruby1 wrote
on Sep 11, 2009 5:34 PM

OMG thats so cool!!