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My faux leather trimmed wrap dress is coming along so great, and I can’t wait to debut it for you all soon! Also the digital pattern is now live and up here on BurdaStyle.com, so if you don’t subscribe to the magazine you can download the pattern here to sew along. This week I attach the wrap skirt to the bodice (in a different way than the instructions) and also assemble the sleeve.

Last week I ended up with finished the skirt of my dress with the contrast front leather band and topstitching. And now that is complete, it is time to attach to the bodice!

Step 1

The cleanest way I thought to sew this seam was to actually wrap the bodice neckline facings around the finished skirt edges. So I placed my skirt, right sides together, with my bodice and aligned up all my seams (side, back, etc).

Step 2

Then at the center front, I opened the neckline facing at my waist and aligned the finished edge of the skirt perfectly with the neckline facing seam.

Step 3

I took my facing and placed it over my skirt, so my skirt was now sandwiched in between my bodice and facing. Pin, pin, pin! This was for the over lap skirt with attached band.

Step 4

For the other side (the underlapped skirt), I left my neckline facing in place wrong sides together with my bodice, and aligned my neckline seam with the notch in my skirt piece #11.

Step 5

Then to finish that side nicely, I took my finished front edge of my skirt and folded it back to sandwich my bodice in between my skirt pieces.

Step 6

I then stitched my waist seam from edge to edge, making sure to back-sitch securely at those beginning and ending edges. To finished the seam I serged all my allowances together and clipped my corners to reduce bulk when I flipped my facings and skirt pieces back to the right side.

Step 7

Ta da! This is the view of my underlapped skirt (piece #11) attached to the bodice from the wrong side.

Step 9

And then for my piece #8 skirt with attached band that overlaps. Love this finish!

Step 8

My dress is looking so far so good.

Step 10

The body of the dress is pretty much complete, so now it was time to move onto the sleeves. I first pinned my elbow darts in place, right sides together.

Step 11

And stitched together and pressed downwards.

Step 12

To reduce bulk on the inside of the sleeve, I first serge-finished my sleeve seams and stitched together, pressing the seam allowances open.

Step 13

It is always easier to completely finish the sleeve before attached to the garment, so I went ahead and grab my faux leather cuff pieces. Each cuff has two pieces, and I first pinned them right sides together along the short edges.

Step 14

Once stitched, I turned one right side out and stitched together with the other one around the lower wrist edge. Then I flipped them right side out and matched up the upper unfinished edges.

Step 15

I pinned inside the sleeve making sure to match up the cuff seam with the sleeve seam and stitched together. To finish the cuff edge, I serged all of my allowances together.

Step 16

More topstitching! It was easier to place my cuff under my machine this way since I like topstitching with the right side of my fabric up. I stitched multiple lines to complete my cuff.

Step 17

My finished contrast cuff!

Step 18

I repeated the same process for my other sleeve and cuff and set them in. To ease in the sleeve caps, I stitched two rows of basting stitches and pinned into my armhole. Note, for BurdaStyle patterns the notch in the sleeve always means the front!

Step 19

Last step is to hand sew on the snaps and construct the belt.

Super excited for this dress to be done and to wear it before the springtime hits, as I see it as more a wintery dress. Sew along with me and download the Belted Wrap Dress here!

Happy Sewing!


1 Comment

  • Simba_nov_06_large

    Feb 26, 2018, 03.23 PMby nrobson

    lookng fabulous. love your process/demo too xx

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