I chose some really cute yellow gingham fabric and some daisy trim that we both on sale at one of the local fabric shops.
|The chosen fabrics and trim.|
I made up the pattern from the print-out and then laid it out on the fabric and pinned it. I then cut out the pieces leaving a seam allowance around the outside.
|Here is the basic pattern cut out.|
The next step was to sew up the two bust darts on the front piece of the dress.
Following this, I then pinned the two back pieces together and positioning the zip (this seemed to take forever!). Then I sewed the back pieces with the zip in place.
|Sew up the back with the zip in place|
|pin the side and the shoulder seams|
|Once the shoulders and sides are sewn it really begins to look like a dress! |
(even if it is inside out..)
|The cap sleeve is initially attached to the arm facings|
Next, the facing (complete with cap sleeve) is placed right sides together onto the main body of the dress. Stitch the facings onto the armholes.
|It should look like this when the facings are folded in |
and the sleeves are exposed.
Now hem the neckline of the dress - carefully stitching the top of the zip in place. Following this, pin the daisy trim in place around the neck.
|Daisy trim pinned in place and ready to be sewn.|
Hand sew the daisy chain in place (this seems to take forever!).
With all the daisies stitched in place it looks a little like this:
|Front of dress|
|Back of dress|
Now all I need to do is hem the bottom of the dress to make it look neat.
I was really worried that I would mess up the hem and ruin the dress. Thankfully, I was chatting to my Mum and she told me a really easy way to do a hem and make sure that it is nice and even.
How to make hemming easy based upon my Mum's advice:
|Mark hemline with pins and fold|
|Press hemline |
Put a few pins in to hold hem up.
Try dress on to check that the hem is even.
|Trim excess fabric.|
Fold rough edge under into hemline.
Pin in place.
|Sew hem in place|
Finally, a very badly taken photo of me trying the dress on (with a cute belt I found at Peacocks) surrounded by my sewing mess... I will get some decent pictures taken soon!
|End result- a dress and a messy room!|