Dress with a frilly top. Step-by-step sewing instructions.

This is a very pretty dress whether you choose a plain fabric, a printed one, or to combine them both.

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Dress with a frilly top printable pattern. Sizes  6 to 12.

Points to consider:

  • If the fabric is not wide enough to cut a skirt in one piece you can do it in three parts - one whole for the front of the skirt and two as a back pieces. Alternatively the skirt can be cut in crosswise grain, providing it is not stretchy.
  • If you would like to make a lettuce edge finish on the frills place them on bias, that will give you the necessary stretch for a pretty rolled hem.
  • If the fabric you have chosen is very thin, use an interfacing for the armhole and neck. It  will stabilize the curved edges, helping them to keep shape.
Pattern layout suggestion.

Dress with a frilly top. Step-by-step sewing instructions.

 

Dressmaking techniques used in this dress:
 Dress with a frilly top. Assembly instructions.

 

  1. Stitch the shoulder seams of centre and side panels.Sewing the dress. Step-by-step instructions.
  2. Prepare the frills - finish the raw edge, and gather the frill to the required length.Sewing the dress. Step-by-step instructions.
  3. Sandwich the frills between the centre and side panels, baste to keep them in place. Stitch and overlock them . Sewing the dress. Step-by-step instructions.
  4. Close the side seams.Overlock the edges.Sewing the dress. Step-by-step instructions.
  5. Prepare the facings. Neck facing is stitched at the shoulders, armhole facing has seams both at the shoulders and at the sides. Overlock the raw edge.
    Facing curved seams
  6.  Finish the armholes. Place the facing and the armhole right sides in, make sure to align the side and shoulder seams on both pieces. Stitch all the way around. Notch the curved sections and turn the facing to the wrong side. Press for the smooth finish. Do a backstitching if desired.   See curved seams.Sewing the dress. Step-by-step instructions.
  7. Run the the two rows of long stitches along the top of the skirt piece.Sewing the dress. Step-by-step instructions.
  8. Gather the skirt to a required width. Baste the top and the skirt together, make sure that the folds are evenly distributed all around the waist. Stitch together, when satisfied. Sewing the dress. Step-by-step instructions.
  9. Stitch the back of the dress leaving the opening for the zipper. Insert the zipper.preparering the dress for a back zipper
  10. Apply the neckline facing.Finishing the necline of a dress
  11. Hem and steam the dress.

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Techniques:

 

How to sew curved seamsMaking perfectly smooth curved seams.
How to sew a zipperSewing a centred zip. Step-by step tutorial. 
How to hem a dressHow to hem a dress


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