- 1 yard of fabric
- 1/4 inch elastic (approximately 26")
|Note that these are still folded|
Step 3: Piece together your dress
Unfold all of your pieces. With right sides facing each other, line up the armhole on one side of the dress with the matching cut on the sleeve piece. (You can pin this if you like, but I don't bother...I only pin things if I absolutely need to.) Like this:
Now sew around 1/4" in around the edge of the armhole. Go back and do a zig-zag stitch at the edge of the fabric to keep the seam intact.
Repeat this on the other side of the dress piece.
It should look something like this:
Now attach the other side of the dress piece in the same way.
|Line up the armpit before you start sewing!|
|It should look like this.|
Step 4: Finishing touches
Lay your dress out so the top is flat. It is likely not perfectly straight.
We want it to be straight...so, fold your dress in half vertically...
And cut until you have a straight line across the top...
Time to heat up that iron. Fold the top edge over 1/8" and iron, then fold over again about 3/8" giving you a nice clean edge. Iron down.
Repeat with the sleeves and the bottom hem (although for the bottom hem, you can fold over to 1/4" on the second fold since we are not inserting any elastic here).
Now sew one line straight across the top of your nicely prepared fold just below the very edge of the neckline. Go all the way around the edge .
Now sew a second line around the bottom of your hem (leaving a minumum of 1/4" in between your two rows of stitches). Don't sew all the way around - be sure to leave about 1/2" gap at the end so that you can feed your elastic through there. Repeat on both sleeves.
You can hem the dress now as well.
It's time to insert the elastic. Here are the measurements that worked best for Little Bean:
Forearm (should you want 3/4 length sleeves): 6.5"
Mark the length of your elastic. Do not cut it yet (otherwise it will be much more difficult to stitch up when you are done). Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic. Insert it through the hole at the neckline and start to feed it all the way through to the other end. Once you are satisfied with the length, then stitch it up with a few zig zags to secure it. Clip off excess.
Here is your final product:
|Little Bean running away again|
|Here's proof she does have a face!|
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