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Using dress pattern: NewLook 6262
This is such a simple dress to make, I've made 2 of them so far for myself. I tried to make the How-To nice and straight forward because sometimes the dress pattern instructions are confusing. Hope you like it! xx

Posted by Steph. from Reading, England, United Kingdom • Published See Steph.'s 138 projects »
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  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 1
    Step 1

    First cut out your pattern pieces. There should be one front skirt piece (cut on the fold), two back skirt pieces, two sleeve pieces, one front facing (cut on the fold), two back facing pieces (the facings also need to be cut out of fusible interfacing), one front bodice (cut on the fold) and two back bodice pieces.

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut the notches in each piece. The bodice has the most notches, these help you line the fabric up and makes it neater :)
    (I don't usually cut the whole triangle out, I just do a small snip.)

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 3
    Step 3

    Stay-stitch all of your bodice and sleeve pieces. The bodice pieces need to be stitched from the shoulder seam down to the armpit seam.

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now mark your darts. Mark a small snip on the end of each line that you want to make the dart. You'll fold these over to match up and sew along it in a minute.

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 5
    Step 5

    Pierce a hole in the dot which you want. So for size 12, pierce the hole that says '12'. Mark a dot in it with tailor's chalk pencil.

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 6
    Step 6

    Fold the fabric over so that the two small snips you made earlier match up. Sew along in a straight line until you reach the dot you made. Don't backstitch it (this makes a bubble-y dart, which isn't nice). Instead, tie a knot at the end to secure the threads.

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 7
    Step 7

    Repeat the darts for all of the pieces that require them. The back bodice only has one, but the front bodice has four (two bust darts and two the same as the back bodice).

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 8
    Step 8

    Stitch the bodice pieces together at the shoulder seams and the side seams. Don't try and match the arm holes because they won't match.

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 9
    Step 9

    This will make the outer shell of the bodice!

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now stitch your skirt together. Stitch the centre back pieces to the front skirt, to create a really big skirt like this:

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 11
    Step 11

    Now adjust the tension of your machine, to make the stitches loose. Make the stich length really big and the tension as low as you can make it before it jams.

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 12
    Step 12

    Stitch two lines along the top of the skirt piece that you just made, one at 0.5cm away from the raw edge and the other one at 1cm.

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 13
    Step 13

    Measure the bottom of your bodice. Mine measured 70cm, so now you need to gather up the skirt piece so that it measures the same amount.

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 14
    Step 14

    Pull the 1cm thread (holding onto the bobbin thread) so that it gathers. Keep doing it until you reach your desired width of skirt. There are two stitch lines just in case you break one (which I did!)

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 15
    Step 15

    Once you've got it to the right width, I usually sew over the gathers using a close-ish zig-zag stitch to keep it in place.

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 16
    Step 16

    Now pin the skirt piece right side to the right side of the bodice. Sew along the line with 1.5cm seam allowance.

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 17
    Step 17

    Here's your skirt so far! :)

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 18
    Step 18

    Now to sew the zip in. Place the right side of the zip against the right side of the back of the dress. Sew all the way to the bottom (and don't turn the top of the zip over. You'll need the extra bit at the top for seam allowance later.)

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 19
    Step 19

    Do the same for the other side, press it and then topstitch. Pin the back of the skirt right sides together and sew down the seam right to the bottom of the skirt.

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 20
    Step 20

    Almost done! Here's the skirt from the back

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 21
    Step 21

    Prepare the facing. Iron the interfacing onto the facing pieces like this: make sure they interfacing is properly on, not peeling off

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 22
    Step 22

    Sew all the facing pieces together like this:

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 23
    Step 23

    Finish the bottom and side edges off nicely with a zig-zag stich or overlocker if you're lucky enough to have one :P

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 24
    Step 24

    Pin the facing right side to the right side of the neckline of the dress. Sew all the way around the neckline with a 1.5cm seam allowance.

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 25
    Step 25

    Make notches in the neckline (make sure you don't cut the main dress!)
    This just makes the neckline sit flatter and smoother, instead of being lumpy.

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 26
    Step 26

    Press the facing in to the inside of the dress like so, and topstitch it.

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 27
    Step 27

    Now for the sleeves....
    this is kinda hard so I'm sorry if I don't explain it correctly...
    Hem the bottom of your sleeve pieces.
    Mark the centre of both of your sleeve pieces. Match this up to the seam on each of your shoulders.
    Sew the sleeve right sides to the right side of the arm hole, making it fit as you go along. Then turn the sleeve back on itself and it should be all done!

    I zig-zagged the inside of it to make it neater afterwards.
    Repeat for each other the sleeves.

  • How to make a pinafore dress. Simple Dress: How To - Step 28
    Step 28

    Now hem your skirt (I did a big hem because it looked nicer). You're done!
    I hope this tutorial wasn't too hard to understand, I'm not very good at explaining stuff. if you have any questions please comment below or message me
    :) xx

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