My dress is finished!

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.

making short sleeve shift dress with patch pocketsmaking block colour dress with peter pan collar patch pocketsdress opening on shoulder with press stud and collarThe shoulder opening is fastened simply with a press stud and the collar fixes over it with another press stud.

understitching facing on dress neckline

understitching on facing close to neckline seam

how dress facing on neckline looks from inside

how dress facing on neckline looks from inside

no stitching visible on rightside of dress neckline

no stitching visible on rightside of dress neckline

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.

2) invisible hand hemming – this is an old hand stitching method.

(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! 🙂