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Floral Sleeveless Dress Sewing Pattern

How to make your own Hyacinth Sleeveless Dress

Do you ever wish you had the perfect dress for many different occasions? Well this Floral Sleeveless Dress Sewing Pattern may be the perfect pattern to use to create many dresses for those occasions, office, school run, shopping, socialising.

I have chosen to make it from a colourful floral fabric made from viscose ( that’s what the ticket said), it has a really lovely drape to it and hangs beautifully. You could use many different types of fabric for this dress though, cotton, poly cotton, ponti roma or even wool blends or denim. The simple style of the dress also lends itself to embellishment and decoration if that is what you like to make.

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Finished Hyacinth Sleeveless Dress

 

Once you have downloaded and printed off your pdf pattern, assemble the paper pattern pieces like a jigsaw following the construction diagram. Tape the pieces together and carefully cut out your desired size. As always, with all patterns, make any personal alterations, such as length, to fit your shape and size. 

Hyacinth Sleeveless Dress Pattern
Hyacinth Sleeveless Dress Pattern

 

The Hyacinth Sleeveless Dress is a great beginner level fashion sewing project

This is because there are just five simple pattern pieces, the back and back facing, the front and front facing and the optional inseam pocket piece.

You will need to cut out from your fashion fabric, one front piece on a fold, one front facing piece on a fold, two back pieces, two back facings and if you are including side seam pockets you will need to cut out four pocket pieces.

I’m going to go through how to sew the facing into the dress so that all of the neck and armhole edges are faced simply and beautifully so that all of the raw edges will be caught inside.

When you have cut out all of your fabric pieces, start by marking the dart positioning. Stitch the front darts in place and with your Iron press them downwards. Then sew the shoulder seams together on the main dress and the shoulder seams on the facing pieces, press these open.

When you have done this lay the main dress out on your work table and place the facing on top of it with the right sides together. Get everything all aligned and matched up and pin it in place. 

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Sew all around the neck edge and both armhole edges taking your full ⅝ inch/1.5 cm seam allowance. 

Hyacinth Sleeveless Dress Snipping Seam Allowance
Hyacinth Sleeveless Dress Snipping Seam Allowance

With sharp scissors, snip into the seam allowance close to your stitching line but do not cut into it, to help ease the curve and create the right shape. Now you have done this for both armholes and the neck edge, lay the work out flat on your work table again. 

Hyacinth Dress Turing the facing
Hyacinth Dress Turing the facing

 

Turning the facing all the right way around

Now for the best bit!

Put your hand up into the front of the garment between the fabric and the facing and take hold of the back piece. Pull the back all of the way through to the front. Repeat on the other side. The first time I did this I thought it was magic how it all came together!

 

Hyacinth Sleeveless Dress Turing the facing
Hyacinth Sleeveless Dress Turing the facing

 

Hyacinth Sleeveless Dress Facing
Hyacinth Sleeveless Dress Facing

 

Topstitch around the neck and armhole edges, working slowly and guiding it through the sewing machine, on the facing fabric about ¼ inch/ 0.5 cm from the seam stitch line. This will stop the facing from rolling out over the finished front edge. 

Hyacinth Sleeveless Dres Top Stitching
Hyacinth Sleeveless Dres Top Stitching

 

With the right sides of your fabric together, sew  both of the side seams together from the hem all the way up the side and continue up the facing to the top edge.

On the center back seam measure down from the top of the main fabric 6 inches/ 15 cm and mark this point. Sew the back seam together, leaving the opening at the top.

You are almost finished now!

Top stitch along the sides of the back seam opening. Turn the facing in and neaten by stitching in place. The special little touch at the opening top is a loop and button fastening. Find a single fabulous button to compliment the colour of the dress and it will be a real feature.

 

Hyacinth Sleeveless Dress Back
Hyacinth Sleeveless Dress Back

 

Lastly you just need to hem the dress to your required length, give it all a press and it is ready for you to wear out.

All done.

How many Hyacinth Sleeveless Dresses can you make in a day?

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Happy Sewing

 

How to sew a top in 2 hours

Have you ever had the occasion, dinner invitation, birthday party, drinks with the girls or even a business meeting, when you just haven’t got anything to wear and you need to run a top up quick ?

What could be simpler or more versatile than a little sleeveless number? I’ve chosen a basic pattern with a round neckline, classic but always stylish, which I will alter for future projects so that one pattern can give me a lot of options like a v neck or a square neckline. I will alter the hem too, maybe making it asymmetrical, longer with vented side seams or even shorter for a crop top.

Sewing Avenue - Sleeveless top sketch
Sewing Avenue – Sleeveless top sketch
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A quick reference sketch to work from so I know where I’m going with future projects.

Sewing Avenue - Purple Threads
Purple Threads
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As this was a last minute, need an outfit quick, project, I had to make do with the materials I had to hand in my stash box. I chose a purple polyester crepe de chine (poor man’s Silk) and had a hard time choosing  a matching thread to use. It’s not always easy to match colours, it depends a lot upon the lighting. If I am selecting colours in a shop I always go to the window, to the natural light source if possible, artificial light can have different qualities, which drastically alter how it looks. In this case I decided to go with the darkest shade.

Sewing Avenue - Purple Top Construction
Sewing Avenue – Purple Top Construction
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As you can see here, Ive used the same fabric for the  garment and the facing, I haven’t used any interfacing as I wanted a soft edge. After stitching the facing to the neck and armholes I turn it the right way by bringing the back pieces through to the front.  At this stage I did the under stitching then joined the side seams together and finally the back seam. This method of facing creates a very neat finish.

Sewing Avenue - - Purple Top Construction
Sewing Avenue – – Purple Top Construction
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Sewing Avenue - - Purple Top Construction
Sewing Avenue – – Purple Top Construction
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Blind hem stitching the hemline for an invisible finish.

So how long did it take?

From cutting out the fabric to the final press on the ironing board took me only two hours. I love the purple colour (it reminds me of prince in the 80’s), it’s a great choice for teaming with jeans for a casual look or with black for a more formal, smart style.

Tell me your stories about getting it sewn up super quick.

Sewing Avenue - Sleeveless Purple Top Shirt
Sewing Avenue – Sleeveless Purple Top Shirt
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