We finished making our dress pattern and now it’s time to make a dress. What better way to start out than by simply altering the neckline.
I wanted the bust dart to sit on the outside of the body and so drew in the neck line, pivoted the block on the bust point and drew in the rest of the bodice. Using the pivoted block I drew in the new dart to the side and then completed the dress block with the waist dart. I wanted the shoulder seams to sit high on my shoulder with a close round neck, in order to achieve this, I took 6cm off the outer arm hole and re-drew the arm hole.
I copied the ‘top’ of the dress so I could have a half lining, but there is no reason why you couldn’t just use the same pattern for a full lining.
The front panels should be cut on the fold, the back panels should be cut twice as single panels. This is because the zip will be put in the back of the dress with a 15cm gap to allow for head room when putting the dress on and taking it off.
Simple Fitted Dress
1.Measure, mark and cut your fabric.
2. Using carbon paper trace on your darts.
3. Sew up your darts.
4. Sew in your zip, I used an invisible zip as this looks really neat and with the invisible zipper foot is a doddle.
You will want to sew in the lining as this will ensure a smooth finish on the zip.
5. Sew up the side seams and the rest of the back seam. This makes sewing up the neck and arm holes easier.
6. Sew the neck line (including the drop in the back), and arm holes leaving 3cm at the shoulder seams. This will help us to turn through the lining.
7. Snip the curves on your neckline and arm holes. This allows the fabric is stretch around the curves of the neckline and arm holes meaning that they lay flat against the body.
8. Turn your lining through and find the corresponding shoulder seams; main fabric and lining fabric. With right sides together sew these together, lining to lining on each side, main to main on each side.
9. Turn the shoulder seams in and invisible stitch the shoulder seams together.
10. Hand sew a hook and eye to the back of the dress.
11. Stitch the hem of the dress and voila!