I am still learning how to post on this website so hopefully I posted this correctly. This dress here I call a touch of Paris! because of what I see and hear people talk about makes me feel as though I will one day have a chance to visit. The dress is bold like Paris full of life and exaggeration:) so I hear. This is my first attempt at a dress and I found it VERY difficult even though the pattern said it was easy. In the end, I was happy with the results as a beginner in sewing. I look forward to making more and I hope you find the instructions handy.
Step 1: First Step- Interfacing
Unfortunately, I cannot put the dress on because I am in my 1st trimester:) so I guess I will be sewing differently now. I do want to apologize beforehand. I am a rookie at sewing and still learning. This is my first dress so I thought pictures would help better than my written explanations. After ''tracing '' a dress outfit(top) that fits you nice and ''cutting it out, along with sleeves if you like sleeves then the real instructions begin. 1st picture here I used that interfacing to give it that nice feel.
Step 2: 2nd Step- Bodice Back & Front, and Armhole Edges Instruction
top part of this was hard to read hopefully you can zoom in. It reads:
- Stitch darts- for the shirt Bodice Back
- Stich bodice back to bodice front sections at shoulders & sides, leaving left side open below large circle.
- Staystitch neck edge of bodice
- Turn- in seam allowance on notched edge of un-interfaced Collar. Press, trim pressed seam allowance to 3/8''(1cm)
- Stitch collar sections together, leaving notched edge open. Trim.
- Turn collar right side Press.
- Pin collar to neck edge, clipping bodice neck edge where necessary. Stitch, keeping pressed edge free. Trim. Press seam toward collar.
- Slipstitch pressed edge over seam
- Lap right bodice front over left, matching centers. Baste across lower edge.
- For the ARMHOLE EDGES
- Staystitch armhole edge
- Open out one folded edge of bias tape; press out crease & preshape tape to match curve of armhole by pressing lightly
- Pin bias tape to armhole edge, placing crease along seamline, turning in ends to meet at side seam. Stitch along crease. Trim bodice seam allowance even with bias tape.
- Turn bias tape to inside along seam. Press. Baste in place. Slipstitch ends. On outside, stitch close to basted edge.
Step 3: Step 3- Skirt Part
- Stitch Skirt Front and Back sections together at sides leaving one seam open above large circle forming left side, as shown.
- Gather upper edge of skirt front and Back between small circles
Step 4: 4th Step Last Finishes
- Open out midriff facing. Pin skirt to lower edge of midriff. Adjust gathers;baste. Stitch. Trim. Press seam toward midriff.
- Slipstitch pressed edge of midriff facing over seam. Baste raw edges together at side.