Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!


The last post was all about assembling the panels together, and in this post I sew in the combined facing, the pockets, and the zipper! Read on to see and sew along…

Drafting Table

For my February Mash Up I’m again sewing our Safari Shift Dress which I sketched out above. I’m paneling two different fabrics together with embroidery and decorative stitching. Last week in sewing part one I sewed together all the panels and assembled the combined facing.

Step 1

I placed the right side of my combined facing on the dress and pinned all in place making sure to match up the shoulder seams.

Step 2

Once sewn together at my 1/2" seam allowance that I added here, I trimmed just the facing allowance to half its width and also clipped into the bases of the armhole curves.

Step 3

After all my trimming, clipping and grading was complete it was time to turn this dress facing right side out! This dress has a wide enough shoulder that I was able to reach my hand in and pull the back piece through the tunnel.

Step 4

I pulled through each back piece and gave the edges a good press with a lot of steam!

Step 5

For my front V I went back into the seam and clipped down a little more to get a better shape.

Step 6

Now that the facing was all sewed and in place it was time for the side seam pockets. I first serged the side seams and placed the pocket pieces as per the notches on the patterns and sewed in place starting and stopping 1/2" from the top and bottom.

STep 7

Once all the pocket pieces (all 4) were sewn to the dress side seam I placed the pocket pouch edges together and sewed at 1/2" all the way around the close the pocket. After sewing, I serged the allowances together.

Step 8

I flipped up the facings at the side seam and pinned together the side seam both above and below the pocket.

Step 9

Time to sew the side seams together! I made sure not to sew my pocket closed. I backstitched at the top and bottom of the pockets to make sure they were secure and there was no little holes visible from the right side.

Step 10

My pocket opening from the right side.

Step 11

I then serged the bottom edges of my combined facing.

Step 12

My front facing from the wrong side. I wrapped the serging tail around the point to prevent unraveling.

Step 13

Now that my facing edges were finished I could install the invisible zipper. I flipped up the facing at the back neck and aligned the zipper stop with the neck seam so the zipper tape extended into the facing.

Step 14

I sewed one side of the zipper and then pin matched the other so the seams would match.

Step 15

Sewing the other side of my zipper using my invisible zipper foot.

Step 16

Yes! Perfectly matched seams on either side of the zipper.

Step 17

To finish off the facing edge at the back neck, I pressed back 1/2" and pinned to the zipper tape.

Step 18

View from the right side of the front, almost done!

Step 19

Here is a sneak peek of next week where I finished the hem, do all the hand stitching and hammer in those grommets. Check back next week for sewing part 3 and the final dress reveal.

If you sewed your own variation of this Safari Shift Dress pattern, make sure to upload it to the projects section and link it back to the pattern so I can include it in my reveal post.

Happy Sewing!



  • Wp_20171105_01_35_20_pro_large

    Mar 2, 2017, 09.13 PMby nrobson

    love it Megs! the decorative stitches, colors, blue fabric, very neat stitching esp the zip insertion & graded seams =)

  • Missing

    Mar 2, 2017, 05.30 PMby Sususews

    Looks great! I think the grommets really “up” the look.

  • Betykissposterd906_1__large

    Mar 2, 2017, 08.39 AMby Ivanamania

    I am really looking forward to see the finished dress! now I can only glimpse her beauty

  • Img_3918_large

    Mar 1, 2017, 04.11 PMby chula123

    I have just made this dress but I love your idea with the eyelets for the tie band, such a cool idea! love it:-))
    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post


  • Editors' Pick
  • Pattern Collections
  • BurdaStyle Academy
  • Backstage Report
  • Fashion & Trends
  • DIY to Try
  • Tips & Techniques
  • Member Highlights
  • Sewing Projects
  • Outta Town
  • Contests & Competitions
  • Archive
  • Guest Columns
  • Videos
  • Meg's Magazine Mash Up
  • As Seen In
  • Podcast
  • Holiday Guide 2017