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A cute little tea dress ^^
This was my first time ever making something from a paper pattern

Posted by Steph. from Reading, England, United Kingdom • Published See Steph.'s 138 projects »
  • How to make a sleeved dress. Red Spotted Dress - Step 1
    Step 1

    Stitch the Shoulder Seams:
    Place the front and back dress pieces with the right sides together and machine stitch the shoulder seams. Then press the seams open. Finish the raw seam edges on dress seams that will be left exposed as you proceed.

  • Step 2

    Prepare the Facing:
    Stitch together the shoulder seams of the facing pieces, then press them open. Now, make a small hem on the outside edge of the facing. Do this by firmly pressing 1cm to the wrong side, then machine stitching.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Red Spotted Dress - Step 3
    Step 3

    Stitch on the Facing:
    Turn the dress right side out and place the facing right side down around the neckline. Align the raw edges and stitch. Cut a V-notch out of the seam a the point of the V-neck. Clip the curves. Press the seams open, then press the facing to the inside of the dress. Secure the facing in position with a couple of small hand stitches at each shoulder seam.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Red Spotted Dress - Step 4
    Step 4

    Prepare the Sleeves:
    Press under 1cm twice along the bottom edge of each sleeve and stitch this double hem in place, close to the first fold. At the shoulder edge, run one or two lines of gathering stitches between the markers. Mark the centre of the sleeve top with a pin.

  • Step 5

    Stitch on the Sleeves:
    Turn the dress inside out.Now pin the right side of the sleeve to the right side of the dress, matching the pin at the top of the sleeve with the shoulder, and pin in position. Pull up the gathering threads so the top of the sleeve fits the top of the armhole. Pin the flat underarm part of the sleeve in position. Stitch. Press the seams open. Repeat with the other sleeve.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Red Spotted Dress - Step 6
    Step 6

    Insert the Invisible Zip:
    Position the zip in the left side seam between the front and back, so the top of the teeth align with the sleeve hem edge. It should be about 1/3 above the dent in the dress cut, and 2/3 below. Sew the zip inside. Stitch the seam from the bottom of the zip to the hemline and press the seam open. To neaten the ends of the zip tapes, fold the tops under and slip-stitch in place.

  • Step 7

    Stitch the Right Side Seam:
    Now stitch the right side seam from the hem, all the way up the side and along the short length of the underarm sleeve seam. Press the seam open.

  • Step 8

    Hem the Dress:
    At the hemline, turn up and machine stitch a 1cm double hem. And you're done!!

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