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This dress is coming together so nicely, and this week I’m very excited to be putting in those full sheer sleeves to the pattern. Read on to see my final steps in sewing together my lovely print mix dress…

August 19 Mash Up PATTERN


Again, I’m sewing together the Elastic Waist Dress in size 26 to which I added a bit more fullness into the sleeve which you can see in part 1.

Step 23


So last week I ended with marking the elastic location on the wrong side of my dress, and so now I had to sew it in place! I aligned one edge of my elastic with the marking and while stitching in place I used my other hand to stretch the elastic so it was flush with the fabric.

Step 24


Once I had stitched down one side of my elastic stretch out across my entire dress, I pivoted at the open side seam and stitched across the entire other edge stretching my elastic again.

Step 25


Here is the look from the right side! I really do love this technique for sewing elastic since I never have to worry about the elastic twisting inside a casing.

Step 26


Now I had to stitch the open side seam closed. I first matching the elastic edges and pinned the seam right sides together from underarm point to hem.

new Step 27


I stitched together, pressed my allowances open and then flipped to the right side. So far so good!

Step 28


It’s sleeve time! I first clipped into my sleeve crowns along my pleat lines.

Step 29


Then pinned them in place.

Step 30


Once my pleats were basted in place I then serge-finished my sleeve hem edge.

Step 31


Along the sleeve hem I folded up the bottom edge 3".

Step 32


I wrapped a piece of elastic around my wrist and cut to size and then pinned to the wrong side of my sleeve aligning the top edge of my elastic with the serged edge of my pressed up sleeve.

Step 33


Using the same technique as my waistline elastic, I stretched my elastic to be flush with my sleeve width and stitched along the elastic edge also catching the sleeve underneath.

Step 34


I pivoted and stitched across the other edge of the elastic as well.

Step 35


Now it was time to stitch up the sleeve, so I pinned the seam right sides together matching up the sleeve hem folds and the elastic edges. Then I serge-finished the seam allowances together wrapping the serging tails into the seam to prevent unraveling.

Step 36


My sleeve wrong side out!

Step 37


Then I repeated the same process for my other sleeve.

Step 38


With my sleeves now elasticated I could now set them into my dress. I first pinned the seam to my armhole edge matching up the top notch with the shoulder seam and the underarm points…

Step 39


… and stitched in place.

Step 40


I set in my other sleeve and serge-finished all my armhole allowances together.

Step 41


Really love the sleeves on this dress, especially the elastic hem!

Step 42


I tried on the dress and established the hemline and then stitched my hem in place.

Step 43


At one of the top edges of my slit I stitched a small piece of thin elastic in a circle.

Step 44


Then on the other corner I hand stitched my button in place.

Step 45


While I had my hand sewing needle threaded, I also tacked my facing edges to my shoulder seam allowances from the wrong side.

Step 46


Back view of my dress!

Love how this dress turned out and it is definitely going with me on my trip to NYC.

Happy Sewing!

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1 Comment

  • 57599635_10210788701113759_6432167572522663936_n_large

    Aug 22, 2019, 06.11 AMby Ngo Binh

    Very nice matching ^^

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