I want to show my sewing process, with all the chaos that comes from being a disorganized artsy mom. I’m using cotton fabric that I tie-dyed to make matching dresses for my daughters, though the video only shows me working on one of them.
This whole process took about 30 minutes (obviously way sped up for the video), including interruptions.
The best part is my kitten helper.
I decided that since I was going to be sewing around the armhole on a flat machine, I’d save myself some grief and hand baste the sleeve in place first.
It made it so much easier to manage the fabric while sewing.
Then a final press and . . .
Now we’re ready for Autumn.
We last left off with sewing on the facing . . .
Sew it on, clip seam allowances around curves, then press.
I finished the edges of the caped sleeves with my serger, then folded down and pressed the top edge. I basted it in place with a regular glue stick, and pressed it again to seal the glue. This will wash right out in the future.
I’ve been really curious about those Japanese sewing pattern books on Amazon for quite awhile now, and a couple weeks ago I finally ordered Stylish Party Dresses. For my first project I decided to do:
I decided to go with a fairly thick black fabric that I’ve had in my stash for a few years now. It will probably be too warm for summer, but I have my hopes set on Autumn. The patterns don’t include seam allowances, so I decided to trace it onto my fabric and add the seam allowances there.
Sew shoulder seams together, chain stitching to save time.
Thread number four was cut, not broken. I’m using only three threads so I can switch to a narrow rolled hem without too much trouble.
I’m getting the hang of drafting my own sewing patterns using a sloper, and have been using up my fabric stash on making maternity dresses (number 3 is arriving in February).
The bodice is lined with some fairly heavy interfacing, because the blue fabric is very light and shifty, so I wanted it to be a bit sturdier up top. The skirt has a separate lining, which keeps it perfect for twirling in.