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in this instructable, i'm going to teach you step by step, how to make a formal strapless dress have fun!
take measurements of your mannequin - i did: bust, waist, hips, and neck-back (in the pictures) but look on your pattern for the necessary measurements
cut out patterns to match the size of your mannequin measurements
pin pattern onto fabric
cut fabric along the pattern (ideally without cutting pattern) helpful tip: look on the pattern envelope at the layout of the pattern pieces for the most effecient use ...
unpin the pattern from the fabric
repeat steps 2-5 with the rest of the pattern pieces and the lining
sew a stay-stitch around the edge of the bodice front stay-stitching stays in permanently and helps prevent stretching on curved edges
stitch bodice front to bodice side front
stitch bodice back to bodice side back
repeat steps 7-9 with the lining
with RIGHT sides together, pin lining to bodice matching centers and seams. stitch front neck edge along stitching lines and along seam line on upper edge. to reinforce ...
baste the raw edges and "hem" to make pretty :)
make pleats on the outside of the skirt front bring folds to broken lines; pin baste across raw ...
make pleats in skirt back sections. stitch center back center from lower edge to notch. back-stitch at lower end of opening to reinforce seam
stitch skirt front to back at side seams helpful hint: leave the top of one of the side seams open so the skirt can fit over the mannequin's ...
repeat steps 13-14 with the lining
"hem" the belt
attach belt to dress
add any flower/bow/decoration to the belt
attach any other decoration (i.e. zipper)
depending on how much fabric you have, your skirt may be at an awkward length. hem it shorter! even if you like the length, hem it to make ...
YOU JUST MADE A DRESS!
marvel at how fantabulous you and your new dress are!!!
have fun and take pictures with your beautiful new strapless dress :D
Special thanks to: Mr. Orman - our amazing teacher who put up with us even when we did everything wrong :) and you! for reading my instructable! Lauren
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