Classic full skirt dress with a sash

Full skirt dress is a firm favourite with little girls for a good reason. It can be as dressy or as casual as you wish. With mums it is popular because it is not a big headache to make and can be adopted for any occasions. Made with silk and satin it is fit for a big celebration. Make it in floral print and your girl will look pretty all summer.

PDFpatterns for girls full skirt dress with a sash.
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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.

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Bias binding uses. How to use a bias binding in dressmaking.

A great variety of effects can be achieved using a bias-cut tape. Its pliability lends itself well to all sorts of sewing projects. It can be a part of the dress structure, embellishment, or wholly practical element of the garment.  Bias binding has many uses thanks to its unique qualities.

Examples of applying a bias binding:
  • Hemming

    There are many ways to finish a raw edge of your skirt or dress. Hemming the dress with contrasting colour bias tape adds a visual interest to the overall design. It can be done in straight or wavy line. You can also successfully use  it to finish a curved hem of a circle skirt,flap of a pocket or petal sleeve.

    hemming with bias binding

How to make a perfectly smooth curved seams.

To make curved seams lie flat when stitched it needs to be treated in a special way and it differs for concave and convex curves.

For concave (inward) arch slit seam allowance 3/4 way to the stitching line. It will let the fabric to spread without pulling and tagging. 

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How to make a bias binding.

Bias binding is a widely utilized in all sorts of sewing projects. Its uses are far wider then just a hem finish. It can have decorative as well as functional purpose in a garment. Though the craft shops have a wide variety of ready-made bias tapes, they often are the wrong shade for the project, or not stocked in a particular width. Hence is a necessity to make your own. Luckily it is not hard to produce at home and gives your more control over the design. It is a useful technique to know either you a dressmaker or a quilter.

Bias binding making sequence:

 

  • Iron the piece of fabric you are going to make the bias tape with.
  • Spread it flat in one layer. Do not allow it to hang over the working surface to avoid  stretching.
  • Mark the strips of a desired width.
  • Cut. Quilters can put a rotary cutter and a cutting mat to use to speed up the process.How to cut bias binding
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Finishing keyhole neckline. Method 1.

The keyhole neckline opening can be used as an embellishment of the garment or as a utility feature to widen the neckline or the hem of a sleeve for added functionality.

There are several methods the keyhole neckline can be finished with :

  • facing
  • bias binding
  • lining

Today I will show how to face the keyhole neckline at the back of the garment. Facing keyhole neckline tutorial

Facing pattern is drafted as normal two piece neck facing is normally done, with enough extra fabric to accommodate the opening. The one important point is not to cut out the opening at this stage, just mark it clearly. This way the facing remains stable and wont distort under presser foot of your machine. Depending on the garment design and fabric thickness the interfacing might be a good idea.

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Dress with a floral appliqué printable pattern.

Printable pattern comes in girls sizes 4-14, three appliqué designs included. A well executed appliqué is the key embellishment of this dress. To make it work you need to be skilled in hand or machine appliqué technique. Recommended fabric - cotton/cotton blends. Dress with a floral appliqué Cute summer dress with a floral appliqué and puffed sleeves. Continue reading Dress with a floral appliqué printable pattern.

10 Ways to Hem a Dress

Hemline is an integral part of the garment and completes the look of your dress. The method you are going to use to hem your dress should be decided on a early stage of the designing process. There are many varieties to chose from. Here are 10 most common ways to hem a dress using sewing machine, overlock and top stitching machine.

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Double-folded hem. The raw edge is folded under the seam.  This is a very versatile hem. Can be any width and might be used on majority of fabrics and with most designs.

Most common way to hem the dress

Note:  When the design calls for a narrow hem, use hemming foot. Most modern machines come with the "rolled hem" presser foot included in the standard package. It is a very useful, time saving tool, if you are willing to practice a little bit. 

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Serge and sew - raw edge is overlocked before stitching, it eliminates the need to fold the edge twice making the hem of the garment less bulky. Three-thread overlocking is the preferred way and can be wide or narrow depending on the thickness of your fabric.

Serge and sew

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