in this instructable, i'm going to teach you step by step, how to make a formal strapless dress
Step 1: Measure
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
Step 2: Cut Pattern
cut out patterns to match the size of your mannequin measurements
Step 3: Pin Pattern
pin pattern onto fabric
Step 4: Cut 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 of fabric
Step 5: Unpin Pattern
unpin the pattern from the fabric
Step 6: Repeat
repeat steps 2-5 with the rest of the pattern pieces and the lining
Step 7: Sew a Stay-Stitch
sew a stay-stitch around the edge of the bodice front
stay-stitching stays in permanently and helps prevent stretching on curved edges
Step 8: Attach Bodice Pieces
stitch bodice front to bodice side front
Step 9: Attach More Bodice Pieces
stitch bodice back to bodice side back
Step 10: Repeat
repeat steps 7-9 with the lining
Step 11: Make Bodice "Tube"
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 seam at center front, stitch again over first stitching
Step 12: Pretty-ify Bodice
baste the raw edges and "hem" to make pretty :)
Step 13: Pleat Front
make pleats on the outside of the skirt front
bring folds to broken lines; pin
baste across raw edge
Step 14: Pleats Back
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
Step 15: Make Skirt "Tube"
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 head
Step 16: Repeat
repeat steps 13-14 with the lining
Step 17: Belt
"hem" the belt
Step 18: Attach Belt
attach belt to dress
Step 19: Decorate Belt
add any flower/bow/decoration to the belt
Step 20: Decorate Dress
attach any other decoration (i.e. zipper)
Step 21: Hem Skirt
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 it look cleaner
Step 22: Hey Guess What!
YOU JUST MADE A DRESS!
Step 23: WOW!
marvel at how fantabulous you and your new dress are!!!