Welcome to part 1 of this two part series. Together we shall make the See and Sew B5407 Easy Dress sewing pattern which is described as a raglan short sleeve, semi-fitted dress with self covering belt.
This is a great sewing pattern for beginners, and I have chosen it specifically to introduce the first time fashion sewer to a piece that unlike other sewing projects I have featured, is actually lined.
This sewing project will demonstrate and give you the basics of how the two elements (garment and lining) come together.
Have you got everything you need to begin this sewing project?
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Before we start, it’s always a good idea to make sure we have everything we’re going to need to complete our sewing project. There really is nothing worse, than midway through, having to put everything on pause because you’re missing that integral element.
Please check one of my recent posts, Checklist – The See and Sew B5407 Easy Dress pattern which will guide you step by step as to what you are going to need to take part in this sewing project.
You might also want to watch the videos below (especially if this is one of your first sewing projects) as they will help you to further prepare.
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Now that we have the perlimaries out of the way, let’s start sewing!
How to Make the See and Sew B5407 Easy Dress Sewing Pattern
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2 – Sew the Sleeves – Starting at the neckline point, sew the front and backs of each sleeve to the end.
3 – Press Sleeve – Using a tailor’s ham (if possible), press the shoulder seam open. A tailors ham simply help press a curved seam. Put the sleeve to one side until needed.
4 – Double Darts – Pin, baste and sew the double pointed darts to the front and back sections of the dress. Press them towards the centre. Watch how it’s done by clicking How to Sew Darts and How to Press Darts by FashionSewingBlogTV.
5 – Front Section – Ease stitch the bust side seam and chest area of the dress (similar to the gather stitch but is designed to allow room for your bust). The front section is now ready.
6 – The Back section – With the right sides of the fabric together, baste stitch the back sections, (from neckline to the required length of your zip). Machine stitch the centre back seam using your usual stitch length.
7 – Zip Insertion – With the right side of the back section face down on a surface, place the zip / zipper into position. Please watch How to Sew a Centered Zip to see how this is done.
8 – Zip / Zipper – Remove the basting stitch and test the action of your zip. The back section is now complete.
9 – The Front and Back of Dress – Pin the front and back sections together, (don’t forget about the ease stitched area) baste stitch and then machine sew, making necessary adjustments. This stage is now complete.
10 – The Lining of the Dress – Cut the dress lining using the same process as you have just done with the dress. Ensure all pattern markings are transferred then pin, baste and sew. Press the seams open.
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Please remember, If you are having any problems with this or any other sewing project, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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Happy fashion sewing,
Colleen G Lea