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I can’t believe it is February already! The first month of 2018 just flew by, and I sewed so many things as seen in our challenge wrap up post. And with a new month, comes a new Mash Up – and this week I start to sew the dress pattern I picked from the 02/2018 issue.

Pattern


As I also mentioned in our challenge round up & plans post for February, I’m sewing up the dress #103 from the 02/2018 issue. I was first drawn to all the topstitching and actually how it was styled. I love how it is paired over another shirt and I definitily plan to wear mine like that sometimes. This pattern is actually not avaliable yet as a digital download, but will be released soon as a Monday pattern collection!

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Fabric Close Up


Now let’s talk about the fabric. Before I headed to the fabric store I went thorough all my fabric bins to see if there was anything I could use up and I found some faux leather and while twill with black undertones. I immediately thought of the topstitched parts on this dress to be in the black leather and the rest of the dress to be white. It was the perfect plan, and I didn’t have to leave the house to get fabric!

Cutting Out 1


First things first – print, tile, seam allowance, and then cut. I cut all the dress pieces of out my white twill and used a size 38 as my base. Note for the front skirt pieces there is a LEFT and a RIGHT skirt front and you only need one of each, cut right side up. Learned that the hard way and ended up with 4 front skirt pieces, haha.

Cutting Out 2


Then for the sleeve and front bands as well as the belt, I cut in my black faux leather. I’m so excited about this dress!

Step 1


The only pieces to be interfaced were the front and back neck facing pieces. I used a woven fusible and ironed to the wrong side of the fabric.

Step 2


I first stitched the darts on the two bodice pieces and pressed downwards.

Step 3


Then I sewed the waist darts in the back bodice piece and pressed towards the center back.

Step 4


And… more darts. I stitched the waistline darts next in the back skirt piece.

Step 5


Shoulder seams were up next, so I pinned and stitched the shoulder seams together and then serge-finished the allowances together and press towards the back. You can also choose to finish each edge separately and then press the shoulder seams open.

Step 6


I then grabbed my facing pieces and sewed the shoulder seams together. Now these I did press open to reduce bulk.

Step 7


To finish the neck edge I pinned my facing, right sides together, with my bodice matching up the bottoms of the front crossovers as well as the shoulder seams.

Step 8


I sewed together at my regular seam allowance and stitch length.

Step 9


To reduce the bulk of the seam, I trimmed just the facing allowance to about 1/8".

Step 10


Then along the back curved neckline I clipped triangles into the curve.

Step 11


Under-stitching time!

Step 12


Lastly to finish the neck facing I serge-finished the outer edge so it was nice and neat on the inside and didn’t fray.

new Step 13


Facing from the inside. I just left as is and didn’t baste/stitch down in place to the waistline.

new Step 14


The bodice so far!

Step 15


Next I sewed the side seams, right sides together. I first serge-finished the edges so it was easier to press open.

That completes part 1 of my February 2018 Mash Up! Next week i’ll work on the skirt pieces and start to incorporate that faux leather.

Happy Sewing!

Meg

3 Comments

  • Simba_nov_06_large

    Feb 10, 2018, 04.29 PMby nrobson

    my words exactly how ultra cool!

  • Missing

    Feb 8, 2018, 11.49 PMby gilbysteel

    Super stoked to see the final result!

  • Cara-merawat-kulit_large

    Feb 8, 2018, 09.20 AMby Annie92

    nice (y)

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