Next up just sew up the two sides. Leave about 4-5 inches down from the fold-end unsewn – those will be the sleeves:
Then you can just turn under and hem the neckline and sleeves – they should be big enough that you don’t have to worry too much about stretch, but you can use a “stretch” stitch on your sewing machine if you want.
The dress is basically done!! and what was that, 15 minutes? See, super easy. Now, it’s pretty shapeless so we want to bring in the waist a little. If you want, you can always just tie it or belt it. I think it’s super awesome to shir the waist, and you don’t have to be scared of shirring – it’s not hard.
Shirring is just sewing lines with elastic thread in your bobbin. I sewed 5 lines, but you can do as many as you want. It’ll gather up a little as you sew:
But the real magic happens when you shoot it with steam afterwards – it shrinks up and gathers right before your eyes!
And then you get this awesome stretchy gathered waistband -
I can’t believe how easy this dress was to put together – love easy sewing projects like this!
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