front pieces you will need.
Place the front panel and the side front panel together, right sides facing.
Stitch the side seam with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Press the seams flat to the side of the top and repeat with the other side panel.
Now, place the center back bodice pieces together, right sides facing and hand or machine baste with a 3/8 inch seam allowance
Open the seams flat.
Now, add the side back panels, to the back panel. Place them together, right sides facing. Then, stitch them with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
After this, press the seams flat.
You can also topstitch the side seams with a 1/8 inch seam allowance.
Now bring front and back bodice pieces to the table.
Place front and back bodices together, right sides facing.
Match the shoulder and side seams.
Now, stitch the shoulder seams and side seams with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
To finish the edges of the dress neckline and the sleeveless option use double fold bias tape 1/2’’ wide.
Bring the sleeves to the table and set the bodice aside.
Fold the sleeve in half. Then, stitch the seam with a 3/8 inch seam allowance and press flat.
Turn the sleeves to the right side and insert them into the bodice. Match the armhole notches and armhole seam with the bodice side seams.
Then, stitch the sleeves to the bodice with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
Bring the sleeves to the wrong side and press them flat.
If you do not want to use the pleated cuffs, double fold the sleeves; 1/4 inch first and them 3/8 inch and hem with a straight stitch line.
Follow these instructions to add the pleated cuffs and/or the pleated hemline to the top and dress.
1. Bring the pleated cuff or hemline to the table.
2. Fold it in half
3.Close the side with a regular straight stitch line
Then, double fold the cuff or hem with a 1/4 inch each time.
Press flat and stitch it with a straight line.
Now, following the lines in your pattern piece, create the pleats.
Press them flat with your iron.
Add the pleat cuffs and/or hemline to the dress and top.
Pin and match the center back seam to the pleated hemline seam.
Stitch them together with your serger or with a straight stitch line.
Turn the pleated cuffs and /or hemline to the right side and press flat.
You can also topstitch the cuffs and hemline with a 1/8 inch seam.
Place the two back facing pieces together, right sides facing.
Stitch the center back with a straight stitch line and a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
Press the seam flat open.
Place the front facing piece and match the shoulder seams. Stitch them together with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
Then, press the shoulder seams flat open.
Place the facing to the dress or top and match the neckline seams and shoulder seams.
Join the facing to the neckline with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
Press it flat.
Trim the neckline seams with a 1/4 inch.
Then, turn the facing to the wrong side of the dress and top. Press the facing again and stitch it with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
You can also finish the facing with a 1/2 single fold bias tape or your serger.
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