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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Dressmaking- Part 4

I have continued making my dress by starting with the skirt now that the top half of the garment is completed. I have sewn together the panels of the skirt as directed in the pattern; this is the final result:

Next, I have sewn the top half of the dress and skirt together. I decided not to include any lining in the skirt, which meant that I had to fold over the lining in the bodice and pin it to give a neat finish. Then I have sewn and slip stitched it down to ensure that no stitching would be visible on the right side of the garment.

The next stage was to sew an invisible zip into the dress. In the pattern room has to be left in the skirt for the zip, however, I decided not to do this as no lining would be covering the zip in the skirt. I have sewn the invisible zip into the top half of the dress only:

I included a hook and eye above the zip to give a neat finish:

I double folded and pinned the hem. I then tacked it into place to make it easier when sewing; I then sewed an invisible stitch across the hem of the dress to avoid any visible stitches. Finally, I pressed the hem with the iron.

I used a roller usually used to remove dog/cat hair off clothes to get rid of any loose threads on the dress.

After ironing the dress, this was the final result:

I hope you enjoyed reading this tutorial, I will be back with another project soon.

Bye for now,
Heather :) 


  1. Wow! Well done, you have made a great job of this dress! You are definitely improving. Can't wait to see your next project.

  2. Heather this is fab. I have just made a cushion with an invisible zip so understand the technique that you have used to do that. all your hard work was worth it. Well done you .... what are you going to make next? I think we need to go shopping again soon and get some more material and maybe stop for a nice hot chocolate on the way home!! lol Juxx

  3. Like the idea of the hot chocolate, can I come on that trip. Seriously Heather this is lovely. Well done you. Looking forward to seeing what you make next. xx