Friday Sew-Along for Beginners: Use a Woven Fabric in a Kimono Knit Dress Pattern, Part 2

Last week I started on a project from the new Absolute Beginner's e-Book, the Kimono-Sleeve A-Line Dress by Charise Randell, I am taking a loose-fitting knit dress pattern and using a woven fabric instead.. Always a risk, but I really love the fabric that has been in my stash unused. It will be an adventure, and it's definitely taking a beginner pattern into advanced beginner territory. Like many projects, I am crossing my fingers that my vision will match reality. Today we will work on assembling and underlining the bodice, which is my favorite way to add a quick couture touch to a garment. It's not too late to join us, and you can get your pattern and instructions from the Sew Daily Shop.

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Below, kimono-style dress as featured in Absolute Beginners e-Book, above.

Step 4: I decided to underline the bodice and sleeves with self fabric. I cut 4 pieces of the bodice front and sewed two together, wrong sides facing, with a 1/4 inch seam. In underlining the two fabrics are treated as one piece after being sewn together. After seeing the two right bodice front pieces together, I sewed the two left bodice front pieces together.
Step 5: .I did the same with the back bodice.

Step 6: To assemble the bodice, I am going to finish the seams with French seams on the shoulders, center front, and underarms. To do this, I first put wrong sides together and sew a 1/4 inch seam.

Step 7: I then trim the seam to 1/8 inch.

Step 8: Next, I enclose that trimmed seam allowance by turning the fabric right sides together and stitching another 1/4 inch seam. I love French seams! They are so elegant!

Step 9: I then pressed the seams to the back and pressed the seam on the right side of the fabric. I recommend a pressing cloth!

Next week, we will finish and line the skirt, insert the zipper, and hem the dress. To get your pattern and instructions to sew along, you can download the Absolute Beginner's book in the Sew Daily Shop. It also has lots more easy, modern sewing projects that you will love.

Happy stitching!

Amber Eden


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Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.

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