It came out so much better!
I used this tie dyed blue fabric (it looks like clouds!) for it – it has a lovely drape to it and worked perfectly for this pattern.
The pattern itself I kept exactly the same. (I’ve made an S if that’s helpful to anyone…). I’ve reworked the instructions so they make sense now so if you’re planning to make this dress in future bookmark this page!
So onto the altered instructions!
- Stay stitch the front and back neck lines
- Mark on the stitch line on your front and back pattern pieces around the corner where the side panel is inserted.
- Matching the corner points of the stitch line, pin the side panels to the front/back dress.
- Stitch the seams from the corner point mark outwards. Cutting into the seam allowance of the main front/back piece in the corner will help you pivot the seam to fit.
- Add the pockets as normal.
- Stitch the side seams together. Leave the shoulders alone for now!
- Press the seam open.
- Pin and stitch the side seams of the neck facing
- Press those seams open too!
- Pin the facing to the neckline and armholes right sides together.
- Stitch together making sure not to stretch the seam as you go!
- Trim the seam allowance and notch.
- Turn the facing, pulling the straps right side out.
- On each front strap, turn the seam allowance of the shoulder seam, in on itself.
- Push the back strap into the front strap “tube”.
- Reach underneath the facing and grab the ends of the straps (the folded bit and the bit you just pushed through). You should now have the back strap encased in the front strap.
- Line up the edges properly and stitch together. That’ll be along the crease you folded earlier. You should now be able to pull the strap right side around and ta-da! be done.
- Pin and stitch the side seams of the hem facing, pressing the seam open.
- Pin and stitch the facing to the hem of the dress right sides together.
- Trim and notch the seam allowance.
- Understitch the facing and press
- You can opt to top stitch the facings down or slipstitch down
That seems like a lot of instructions… It’s a quick dress to make though, I promise!