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With spring round the corner and fresh gingham checks coming back this season, here’s a quick 15 steps tutorial for your next dress. This button front dress is all you need to update your wardrobe.
- 2 yards of gingham fabric
- McCalls Noemi Dress Pattern (M8091)
- Fusing Tape
- Hand Needle
Step by Step Tutorial
- Place the patterns on the fabric. Pin the edges to make sure the pattern doesn't move. Cut all the pieces from the pattern. (Cut size 10 for the bodice, 1" shorten and 14 for the skirt, 1" added for the skirt).
- These are strap C from the pattern. Mark the points to pivot, leaving the seam allowances.
- Getting ready to pivot*.
- Iron before turning both sides to create beautiful corners. Ensure to cut all extra threads on end.
- Turn the strap inside out. Iron the edges to make sure they are creased well. Topstitch edges.
- Add piping* to the pieces separately if you desire too; this is optional but adds an additional depth to the dress.
- Lay facing on top of the front panel and sew with piping foot.
- So pretty! The top is ready! Now let's get to pockets!
- Add piping to the pocket*.
- Sew the pocket to the skirt. Use pins if required.
- Sew both the pockets and iron the seams.
- Finish the seam*.
- Attach the top and skirt together.
- Sew the placket*.
- And the dress is ready!
*TIP: Mark the point with the pin to ensure the stitching does not pass through the point.
*TIP: Use basting stitch before attaching the piping for nice and trimmed finishing.
*TIP: Lay double side fuse tape where piping is required. Peel the tape. Place piping on top of the tape. Pivot the piping and lay it on the other side. Now pockets are ready to be added skirt.
*TIP: Iron before sewing the end seams to ensure seams are straight.
*TIP: To finish the top corner and not make it bulky, trim excess seam allowance and iron the edges. Add buttonholes to the placket and hand sew buttons on the other side.