CREATIVE GUIDES

Sew a Summer dress for yourself

Date: 23.03.21
Read in: 3-5 min.

Get started sewing a beautiful Summer dress – maybe it’s your very first? For this project, you will need a pretty Summer fabric, e.g. a floral seersucker or similar woven fabric. Follow our step-by-step guide and look forward to wearing your new dress in the sunshine this Summer.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Lay the pattern pieces on the fabric, pin and cut out. The seam allowance is already added. On the following pages, you can see how to sew the dress.

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Cut small notches at the marks on the cutting lines and mark the chest darts with a vanishing pen ortailor’s chalk.​​​​​​​

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BELT: Fold the belt lengthwise, right sides facing. Sew the belt. Leave a smallgap at the centre. Mitre the corners and turn the belt right side out. Use aknitting needle if necessary. Press (iron) the belt. Finally, top stitch all around.​​​​​​​

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BELT LOOP: Fold the belt loop lengthwise, right sides facing. Sew 5 mm fromthe fold and leave the ends open. Trim seam allowance to 5 mm. Turn rightsides out. Use a loop turner if necessary. Press the belt loop and fi nally cut itin half. You now have two belt loops.​​​​​​​

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CHEST DART: Fold from the tip of the dart down to the notch. Mark the foldline from the tip of the dart to the fabric edge. Sew the dart. Press the dartupwards.​​​​​​​

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SEW SLEEVE TO FRONT: Place the sleeves on the front pattern piece, rightsides facing. Make sure that the notches on the front and sleeve are aligned.Pin sleeve seam. Sew the seam and overlock/zigzag the seam edge. Press theseam on the wrong side.​​​​​​​

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SEW SLEEVE AND BACK: Lay back and sleeves together,right sides facing. Pin sleeve seam.Sew the seam and then overlock/zigzag the seam edge.Press the seam on the wrong side.​​​​​​​

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SEW ON BELT LOOP: Place the belt loops at the notch onthe dress front. Sew fi rmly into place.​​​​​​​

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SIDE SEAM: Lay the sleeves, front and back together, right sides facing Pin the seam, makingsure to align the notches. Sew the side seam. Overlock/zigzag the seam, then press on the wrongside.​​​​​​​

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EDGES: Overlock/zigzag sleeve edge, neck edge and loweredge.​​​​​​​

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ELASTICATED NECKLINE: Cut the elastic (see chart) andsew it together to make a ring. Fold the neck edge 1 cmto the wrong side. Fold the fabric around the elastic. Sewalong the neck edge to form a drawstring hem with theelastic inside.​​​​​​​

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ELASTICATED CUFFS: Fold the edge 3 cm to the wrongside. Sew 2.5 cm from the edge all around - leave a 3 cmgap. Cut a length of elastic (see chart) and pull it throughthe drawstring hem. Sew the ends of the elastic and pullthem into place in the hem. Finally, stitch the gap to close.​​​​​​​

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HEM: Fold the lower edge 2 cm to the wrong side. Pressand sew along the edge all the way around.​​​​​​​