Friday, November 13, 2015

Sew-Along #28 - Bistro Dress - Lesson #4

The Bistro Dress by Liesl+Co

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Today we will be sewing the sleeves, hem on both the dress and dress lining, and the sash. These will be our last steps and our final day of our sew along. I hope you ladies are excited as I am! Let's go!

1. Sew a gathering stitch at the top of the sleeve between the notches on both sleeves. Next, sew a row of basting stitching with a 5/8" seam allowance. This line will help us make a nice, neat, even hem.

2. Press your sleeve bottom up just at the basting stitch row.  Then, fold the top raw edge of the sleeve into the fold crease and press again to make a narrow hem. Repeat with second sleeve.

3. Unfold the sleeve hem at the side and sew with a 1/2" seam. Trim and finish seam here. Repeat with second sleeve.

4. Refold the sleeve hem and press well. Stitch the hem in place. Then remove your basting stitches. Repeat with second sleeve.

5. With your sleeve right side out and your dress wrong side out, slip the corresponding sleeve into the inside of the dress (the right side of the dress) matching notches and seams. Pin. Gather threads gently so there are no pleats or puckers. Pin in place all the way around. Stitch with a 1/2" seam. Trim the seam and finish the raw edge. (I used my serger for this step.)

6. Press you sleeve seam towards the sleeve. Repeat with second sleeve.

Onto the Hem!
1. Sew a row of basting stitches a 1/2" from the raw bottom edge of the dress, this will be our pressing guild. It makes it easier to get a lovely hem on a curved surface.  Press the hem up at the 1/2" stitch line.

2. Take your tailor's chalk and draw a line 1 1/2" up from the bottom edge of the hem. Press up at this line, pinning in place. Stitch in place.

3. For the lining we will need to cut off 2" from the bottom. To do this, take your tailor's chalk and draw a line around that is 2" up from the raw bottom edge. Cut this part off. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the dress lining.

1. For the sash we will press each short end up a 1/2" to the wrong side. Fold in half length wise (or the long way).

2. Sew down only the long side of the sash, not on either short ends. Trim the seam to 1/4" and press the seam open. Then, turn the sash and press once again with the seam in the center back (just like our belt loops.)

3. Fold and press the ends 1/2" up inside the sash. Either hand stitch or machine stitch each end closed.

The last and final step?!? Try your new dress on!!!! Well, okay, if you are me I had already tried my dress on without sleeves, with one sleeve, then with the hem....well you get the point.  Now you can show this dress off!

Do you have left-over voile from your lining and want to make a infinity scarf to coordinate?  Check out the free directions from our Penelope Sew-Along.

Please share your dresses on Facebook page as well as in our sewing album! We are excited to see what everyone has sewn!!!

* If you would like to earn entries into the prize drawing, please make sure to submit a photo of your completed Lesson Four to this Facebook Album by 12:00 noon CST, Tuesday, November 17th. If you have any questions the Facebook Group is a great place to ask.

Happy Sewing,
Danielle Storm

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