AUTOPLAY
Belle Dress Sew Along
35 steps
What you’ll need
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Belle Dress Pattern
3yards
Seam Binding (Optional)
2 1/2 yards
Fabric
1-4 spools if using an overlock machine
Thread
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Invisible Zipper
“Sandwich” fabric between paper underneath and the pattern pieces on top for smooth cut lines
1. “Sandwich” fabric between paper underneath and the pattern pieces on top for smooth cut lines
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Prepare pieces for sewing by using pins organizing them before sewing.
2. Prepare pieces for sewing by using pins organizing them before sewing.
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Join pieces together using 1/2” seam allowance. You will have 2 layers, outside and lining
3. Join pieces together using 1/2” seam allowance. You will have 2 layers, outside and lining
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Do not join side seams. Optional: Topstitch seams with contrast thread.
4. Do not join side seams. Optional: Topstitch seams with contrast thread.
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Join the shoulders
5. Join the shoulders
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Repeat step on lining layer
6. Repeat step on lining layer
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Join outside layer and lining at neckline with 1/4” seam allowance
7. Join outside layer and lining at neckline with 1/4” seam allowance
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Turn to right side after neckline is sewn
8. Turn to right side after neckline is sewn
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Press seam to one side. Edge stitch seam allowance on the lining side
9. Press seam to one side. Edge stitch seam allowance on the lining side
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Turn to right sides together
10. Turn to right sides together
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Sew armholes with 1/4” seam allowance
11. Sew armholes with 1/4” seam allowance
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Turn to right side, press seam to one side. Edge stitch seam on the lining side as far as you can
12. Turn to right side, press seam to one side. Edge stitch seam on the lining side as far as you can
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Turn to right side through the shoulder straps using a safety pin to help feed it through
13. Turn to right side through the shoulder straps using a safety pin to help feed it through
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The edge stitch will not show and keeps the lining from rolling out and showing
14. The edge stitch will not show and keeps the lining from rolling out and showing
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Press flat and trim any threads
15. Press flat and trim any threads
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Match side seams from outside layer to lining layer
16. Match side seams from outside layer to lining layer
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Sew side seams with 1/2” seam allowance
17. Sew side seams with 1/2” seam allowance
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Turn to right side
18. Turn to right side
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Turn to right side and set aside
19. Turn to right side and set aside
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Pin invert box pleats. 5 pleats in the front, 5 in the back with the center back pleat at the seam
20. Pin invert box pleats. 5 pleats in the front, 5 in the back with the center back pleat at the seam
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Overlock or zigzag pocket raw edges to keep from fraying
21. Overlock or zigzag pocket raw edges to keep from fraying
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Pin pockets in place matching notches at side seams
22. Pin pockets in place matching notches at side seams
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Sew pockets with 1/2” seam allowance. Overlock or zigzag seam
23. Sew pockets with 1/2” seam allowance. Overlock or zigzag seam
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Sew sides seams together and around pockets 1/2” seam allowance
24. Sew sides seams together and around pockets 1/2” seam allowance
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Overlock or zig zag center back seams, join seam with 1/2” seam allowance starting at notch to hem
25. Overlock or zig zag center back seams, join seam with 1/2” seam allowance starting at notch to hem
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With right sides together, join outside bodice layer to skirt
26. With right sides together, join outside bodice layer to skirt
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Hand baste stitch zipper to center back with 3/4” seam allowance and then sew with machine
27. Hand baste stitch zipper to center back with 3/4” seam allowance and then sew with machine
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At inside hand sew lining at zipper and waist
28. At inside hand sew lining at zipper and waist
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Hem Option 1: Sew seam tape to bottom edge and hand sew hem
29. Hem Option 1: Sew seam tape to bottom edge and hand sew hem
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Hem Option 2: Fold hem 1/2” and 1”, iron, and machine sew hem.
30. Hem Option 2: Fold hem 1/2” and 1”, iron, and machine sew hem.
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Optional 1/4” double topstitch
31. Optional 1/4” double topstitch
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Turn right side out and iron as needed
32. Turn right side out and iron as needed
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The pattern comes in two lengths, long and short and two shoulder widths.
33. The pattern comes in two lengths, long and short and two shoulder widths.
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Now you’re ready to twirl in your Belle Dress!
34. Now you’re ready to twirl in your Belle Dress!
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The Belle Dress Pattern is available at somervilleclothing.com
35. The Belle Dress Pattern is available at somervilleclothing.com
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