Added Jun 10, 2009
Den Haag, Nether...
Your pattern is now complete. Cut front and back of the dress on the fold, making sure to copy the center front and back line to the waist (you can just use tailor’s chalk for that). Cut your straight piece of fabric for the neck drape (the inside of the drape will show when you wear the dress, so keep that in mind when selecting fabric. Solid colours are fine with a single layer drape, but most prints on jersey don’t look good at the back). Cut the sleeves out as you normally would, making them the length you want. To sew the dress, start with stitching the pleats. Stitch along the line you marked earlier using a normal straight stitch. You now have pleats from neckline to waist at front and back. Pin or baste the sides of the pleats to either side of the stitchline. Now, sew side seams and shoulder seams (using a stretch stitch, zig zag or serger) and set in sleeves. Close the strip of fabric for the neckdrape and pin it to the neckline (right sides together) Make sure the ends of the pleat stay in place and will be caught in the seam and stitch. Now all you need to do is hem skirt and sleeves.
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