This is our penultimate sewalong post for our Beth dress pattern. This week is where it all begins to come together.
1.We need to stay-stitch the upper edge of the skirt front and back to prevent the fabric pulling out of shape.
2. To make darts in the front and back, with right sides together, fold fabric through the centre of the dart, bringing the dart legs together. On inside, place pins at right angles to dart legs. Stitch dart from the wide end to the point. To ensure a smooth dart, do not backstitch. Press towards the center.
3. Starting at lower edge and working up to the circle on the center back, pin back sections together, matching circles. Stitch your back seam and press open.
4. Check you’re happy with the fit of the skirt before you attach it to the bodice. With right sides together, pin your bodice to the skirt, matching centers and seams. Stitch and press up towards the bodice.
5. Baste the opening edges together from large circle on the skirt up to neck edge. Press basted seam open.
6. Place your zipper face down on the seam allowances, the zipper stop will be at the large circle on the skirt. Center teeth on the basted seam. Secure this position with pins. Machine stitch (medium stitch length) the zipper tape to the seam allowance on either side of the opening.
7. Once you’ve removed your pins, take out the basting stitches on the center seam line. Open the zipper to check its position. With the zipper open, use a zipper foot and stitch as close to the teeth as possible.
8. Turn the garment to the rightside and very gently press. If you press too hard you’ll see the indentation of the zip and if you use steam this might damage some zips.
9. Slipstitch neck facing over zipper tape and attach your hook and eyes.
If you’d rather use a regular zipper, there’s a video tutorial here.
Next week we’ll be focusing on hemming and finishing.
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