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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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Sleeveless Shift Dress – End of the winter sewing

I have started a facebook group called sewing avenue and I would like to invite everyone to join me there where we can share fashion tips and photos.

Sleeveless Shift Dress - Front
Sleeveless Shift Dress – Front

Hello and welcome to my blog

Sometimes the simplest garments are the ones which you reach for time and again.

Dallia Shift Dress

This navy blue sleeveless shift dress is from my Dallia Shift Dress pattern. I just know I will wear it over and over. I have modified it a bit by getting rid of the back centre seam in this version. If the dress had sleeves I think that it would need a back opening, either a button and loop fastening as in the black and white patterned version, or a zip. The addition of sleeves to a bodice means that a bit more room is needed to get the dress over the shoulders. This sleeveless dress however meant that I could get away with simply pulling it on over the head. So quick to get ready in the mornings. I have used a woven fabric but there is no reason why it couldn’t be a knit. A scuba or Ponti Roma would work well.

Sleeveless Shift Dress - Construction
Sleeveless Shift Dress – Construction

The construction of this dress is very simple, just two bust darts, side and shoulder seams.

This is an unlined dress and the edges are bound with bias binding. The bias binding can be a bit of a fiddle but its well worth practicing the technique. It is a nice edging finish as it not only encases all of the raw edges but it can be used decoratively as well, contrasting with or blending with the garment fabric.

Sleeveless Shift Dress - Front
Sleeveless Shift Dress – Front

This is the last of my winter makes as next week it will be march and time for looking ahead and planning out the spring wardrobe and what to make for lighter, brighter days ahead.

I’m thinking about floral fabric inspiration as there were so many florals on the RTW spring/summer catwalk collections. Also there was a real prominence of gingham, so I’ll definitely be using lots of that in both a small and large check version. With the florals I’m not sure about the dark floral trend however I am going to give it a go, make a dress, maybe a shirt. Sometimes prints can surprise me and I find that they are really useful wardrobe items after all.
What inspires you to start a new sewing project? is it necessity, needing a particular piece of clothing for an event or occasion? Is it a pattern you have discovered and want to try out to learn new skills, or is it finding an amazing fabric you just have to have?

Introducing my floral fabric collection for my spring fashion makes. It includes a crisp cotton, a sheer, a viscose mix and a poly cotton. You will see more of these very soon!

Fashion Patterns & Sewing Inspiration
Floral Fabric Collection

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