At last I can show you the finished dress!
It’s a shift dress but if I want a fitted look it can be worn with a belt. I decided not to make a belt in the pink fabric as planned but think it looks more interesting with a gold or tan belt.
Some of the useful techniques I picked up while making the dress were:
1) understitching – sewing close to seam on facing to make the facing around the neckline sit flat. I found a good understitching video on YouTube.
(Top of picture) Inside dress – the stitches sit close to the edge of the hem (should be hidden – I think I need more practice!)
(Bottom of picture) You shouldn’t be able to see the stitches on the right side of the dress.
Here is another useful You Tube video showing blind stitch hemming to help you understand how to sew a hem by hand.
I hope this has inspired you to take the plunge and start making a dress too! 🙂