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Follow this sewing lesson to make our Knot Dress pattern that debuted in our Pure Chic pattern collection from the May 2017 issue of BurdaStyle Magazine. Check out all the great diagrams to help you sew this T-shirt dress perfect for everyday.

Refer to the pattern’s store page here for specific fabric yardage and notion requirements. Also remember to add seam allowance (you can either add to the paper pattern before cutting or to the fabric around the pattern… see below), further info and amounts can be found in the instructions PDF after purchase.

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Step 1: FIRST PIN THE PATTERN PIECES TO THE FABRIC
Spread the fabric on your cutting surface, right side facing up. Pin all pattern pieces to the fabric. With a ruler and tailor’s chalk, mark the seam and hem allowances as follows: 4 cm (15/8") for the hem and 1.5 cm (5/8") at all other seams and edges. Draw the measured pieces, a, b, and c, directly on the fabric, with tailor’s chalk. Cut out all fabric pieces.

Step 2: TRANSFER PATTERN MARKINGS TO THE FABRIC
Fold the back piece and the skirt back piece each lengthwise, right side facing in. Pin paper pattern pieces in place. On each piece, transfer the pattern outline (seam and hem lines) and all pattern markings onto the wrong side of the fabric, with the help of dressmaker’s carbon paper and a tracing wheel. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Hand baste along the hem line to make it visible on the right side of the fabric.

Step 3: VILENE BIAS TAPE (STAY TAPE)
Iron to the wrong side of each armhole
edge so that the line of chain stitch on Vilene Bias Tape lies 1.5 cm (5/8") from edge of seam allowance or edge of stay tape extends over marked seam line. Iron Vilene Bias Tape/stay tape to the back shoulder edges in the same manner.

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Step 4: STITCH SKIRT FRONT PIECES IN PLACE
Pin right skirt front piece to front piece, right sides facing, matching seam numbers (1). Stitch as pinned. Stitch left skirt front to front in same manner, matching seam numbers (2). At each seam, fi nish edges of allowances together and press allowances away from skirt piece.

Step 5: RIGHT FRONT SECTION SEAM
Pin middle skirt front piece to right skirt front piece and short edge of front piece, right sides facing, matching seam numbers (3). The seam mark on middle front skirt piece must meet seam. Stitch as pinned. Finish edges of allow-ances together and press allowances toward middle skirt piece.

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Step 6: LEFT FRONT SECTION SEAM
Pin middle skirt front piece to left skirt front piece and edge of front piece, right sides facing, matching seam numbers (4). Stitch as pinned, beginning upper end of seam 1 cm (3/8") below marked seam allowance, i.e. 2.5 cm (1") below fabric edge. The tie band will run here (arrow). Tie-off ends of seam with backstitching. Clip allowances approx. 1 cm (3/8") below beginning of seam. Press allowances apart, from upper edge to clip. On remaining seam, finish edges of allowances together and press toward middle skirt piece.

Step 7: CASING FOR TIE BAND
Finish edges of allowances on front and middle front skirt piece around hole. Turn allowances on these edges to wrong side and baste in place. Press. Working from the outer side, topstitch 1 cm (3/8") from these edges, thereby catching the allowances. On the inside, sew the allowances of the left front section seam together by hand.

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Step 8: ATTACH SKIRT BACK, CASING FOR ELASTIC
Pin skirt back piece to back piece, right sides facing, matching seam numbers (5). Stitch seam as pinned. Finish edges of allowances together, press away from skirt, and pin in place. Topstitch the back, 1 cm (3/8") above seam, thereby catching the allowances. Cut elastic to following length: size 34: 33 cm, size 36: 35 cm, size 38: 37 cm, size 40: 39 cm, size 42: 41 cm, size 44: 43 cm (2.5 cm = 1"). Pull elastic into casing, using a safety pin as bodkin. Stitch ends of elastic to side seam allowances.

Step 9: FRONT AND BACK NECK EDGES
Press fabric strip (a) in half lengthwise, wrong side facing in. Pin folded strip to front neck edge, right sides facing, matching open edges to edge of seam allowance. Stitch strip in place. Trim seam allowances. Turn strip up. Press seam allowances up. Topstitch strip close to attachment seam. Turn strip to inside. Press neck edge. Finish back neck edge with strip (b) in the same manner.

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Step 10: SHOULDER SEAMS
Lay dress front on dress back, right sides facing. Stitch shoulder seams. At each seam, trim seam allowances, finish edges of allowances together, and press allowances toward back. At neck edge, sew allowances to fabric strips by hand.

Step 11: ARMHOLE EDGES
At each armhole edge, press allowance to wrong side and pin in place. Attach the twin needle to your machine and thread the two upper threads. Topstitch 1.2 cm (½") from the armhole edge, thereby catching the allowance. With a twin needle, you stitch from the right fabric side, with a straight stitch. The bobbin thread forms zigzag stitches.

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Step 12: SIDE SEAMS
Lay dress front on dress back, right sides facing. Pin side seams, matching skirt attachment seams. Stitch seams. At each seam, finish edges of allowances together and press allowances toward back.

Step 13: HEM
Press hem allowance to inside and pin in place. Again, use the twin needle and work from the outer side to stitch 3.5 cm (1 3/8") from the lower edge, thereby catching the hem.

Step 15: TIE BAND
Fold tie band piece © in half length wise, right side facing in. Stitch 1 cm (3/8") from the fold edge, with narrow zigzag stitches. Do not cut thread ends too short. Thread threads in a darning needle and knot securely. Push the needle through the fabric tube, eye end first, to turn the tube right side out. Using a safety pin as bodkin, pull the tie band into the casing, thereby gathering the hole slightly closed. Tie band in a bow. Knot band ends.


Want more sewing lessons? Check out our last one here on our Bomber Jacket.

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    May 25, 2017, 10.53 PMby nrobson

    Liking that knot highlight very much! It looks so cool! =D

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    May 20, 2017, 04.45 AMby plumberclip

    good…!

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    May 18, 2017, 07.44 PMby Stacyco

    A good and understandable lesson! Thank you for sharing. <3

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