Ready to play with one of our oldest patterns? Create a whole new dress using this tutorial today. Your child will thank you. Follow the directions below, and do not forget to show us your result in our Facebook group or tag us on IG (@Sofilantjes_anne).
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Cut your front pattern pieces – main and lining and where you see the little angle on the back straps- this is the shoulder line. Cut straight, 3/8″ – 1 cm above this point. (The 3/8″ – 1 cm extra is seam allowance). Repeat for the lining.
The front and lining originally have double back straps. For this version you’ll only need binding straps. 1 Set of back straps you can put aside, the back straps from the main front bodice you need for measuring how long your binding needs to be.
Tip: Measure the short side, the middle and the long side, add to each strap 3/8″ – 1cm extra (seam allowance) and subtract that number by 2. Sew a long binding strap in 1 time, you cut in the correct pieces afterwards. Use your back straps as a guideline.
I used a prefab binding with 1/2″- 1.2 cm finished width, or make it yourself.
Cut of the corners at the top by using the back straps as a guide to get the same angle as the original back straps.
Sew the neckline and the armholes as per instructions.
With main and lining front bodice wrong side out pull the straps through the shoulder openings. Line up the raw edges from the straps with the top raw edges from the shoulder openings and spread evenly. The straps are now sandwiched in between the main front bodice and the front lining. Sew with 1 cm seam allowance.
Tip: Baste the straps first with a long stitch, turn right side out and check to make sure you sewed them on correctly. If yes, turn them to wrong side again, stitch and finish the seams. A basting stitch is so much easier to remove when you accidentally make a mistake.
Turn right sides out and give it a good press. Continue with the original instructions.
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