Welcome fashion sewers to our brand new sew-along.
Over our next two sew-along posts, we will look at, and more importantly, create, a beautiful, up to date yet easy halter neck dress, ready for the impending summer sunshine.
Welcome everybody, to the Simplicity 2884 dress sew-along!
Our Checklist For Success!
Are you ready to make a start?
Before we go any further, please do double check that you’ve got all of the right tools and equipment to complete this sew-along.
There’s nothing worse than starting a sewing project to find, halfway in, that you have to stop because your lacking that crucial element. Here come those dreaded ‘fashion sewing frustrations‘!
Click the link – Sew-Along – A Checklist For The Simplicity 2884 Dress and check.
If this is the first you’ve heard of my sew-along, and want to take part at a time of your choosing, you’re quite welcome to do so.
Purchase the Simplicity 2884 sewing pattern by clicking – Simplicity Summer 2012 Pattern Collection at Simplicity.com
Sew-Along Structure And Sewing Guide!
As always, below, and during any of my Fashion Sewing Blog sew-alongs, you’ll find a slideshow and written instruction to assist you in the making up of this dress.
For all of those fashion sewing beginners among us, this dress is a great little number with design variations. It will also develop your skills as the dress requires lining and the insertion of boning to help give support and shape.
I have chosen to sew and create design A during our sew-along. You can still follow along if you choose to create design B
In part one of our sew-along, we will be sewing the bodice (upper section) of the dress.
Sew-Along – The Simplicity 2884 Dress (Part 1)
NB – Click on each photo to enlarge it and take a better look.
A Little More Sew-Along Instruction!
1 – Neck Straps – Sew the straps, length ways, ensuring one end is left open as indicated by the dot. Turn to the right side and press.
2 – Pleats – Sew the pleats to the shoulder area then press them away from the centre.
3 – Strap Position – Position the straps of the dress and then sew them into place.
4 – Sew Lining – Place the right side of the lining onto the right side of the bodice front. Match up all sewing pattern markings then pin, baste and machine sew. Trim and grade then turn the lining to the inside of the dress and press.
5 – Neckline – When sewing the ‘V‘ of the neckline, make sure that the seams on the lining and fabric are open. Cut away any bulk and press.
6 – Understitch Lining – To keep the lining in place, understitch.
7 – Gathers – Baste the lining and the fabric raw edges together and gather them between the notches.
8 – Midriff Section – Pin the right sides of the lower section of the bodice front to the upper section of the midriff.
9 – Boning – Prepare and insert the boning into the seam of the lining.
10 – Back Section – Open out the back lining and place the side seam of the front, matching up markings, sandwiching it between the lining and the fashion fabric. Sew.
NB - As always, our sew-alongs begin at the construction stage. For more instruction on the initial stages of a sewing project, visit my FashionSewingBlogTV where you’ll find a wide variety of fashion sewing video tutorials.
And best of all – they’re all FREE!
Sewing With Boning!
I do hope that the thought of sewing with a media such as boning doesn’t put you off from taking part in this sew-along.
To assist you, I have recently written a full article on sewing with boning entitled – How To Insert Boning Into A Seam.
Contained within the article is a free ‘how to‘ video tutorial. For your convenience, I’ve attached it to this sew-along post to help you complete the Simplicity 2884 dress.
How To Sew Boning Into A Seam!
I do hope the information I’ve supplied will go a long way to assist you in the making up of this beautiful dress.
If you do have any questions, then please feel free to contact me. You can even let the fashion sewing community chart your progress by uploading photo’s as you go, to our Sewingista Gallery.
Ready for part 2? Click – Sew-Along – The Simplicity 2884 Dress (Part 2)
Happy fashion sewing
Colleen G Lea