Friday Sew-Along for Beginners: Use a Woven Fabric in a Kimono Knit Dress Pattern, Part 3

Sewing is about the journey, right? And so often I learn more from my mistakes–call me the queen of the workarounds. So, I was a little too confident and made a mistake. It was one that I always warn others about, but of course I didn't take my own advice. What was that advice? Make a muslin! Yes, I got a little too cocky and thought that I would just pattern-fit myself, but I didn't take into account the turn of cloth for the French seams and ease, and my bodice is  too small! Live and learn, right? To my credit, I did have the good sense to check the bodice before attaching the skirt, and I have spend all week thinking of a good solution, other than holding my breath while wearing the dress. 

Hopefully you did as I said and not as I did. But I do have a workaround. It's just may take me a little longer to finish, and that's my journey. 


Step 10 Step 11 Step 12
Step 13
     Below, kimono-style dress as featured in Absolute Beginners
e-Book, above.

Step 10: For my workaround, I am going to draft two panels to insert at the center back. There will be two strips the length of the bodice. I got the width of the panels by measuring around my rib cage just below the bust. (This is where the bodice bottom edge is.) I subtract the difference between my measurement and my garment's and divide by two.

Step 11: I draft the panel pattern with seam allowances. I have a 1 inch allowance at the center back for fitting. I don't want to have too little again. It's much easier to subtract than add! My hope is that the print's busy print will camouflage the panel seam line.

Step 12: I have to underline the panels too.

Step 13: I also French seamed the panels when I attached them to the bodice center back.

Next week we will get back to the business of finishing the dress. I tried on the bodice and the self-lined charmeuse feels amazing. I think I will line the skirt as well. 

Download the Absolute Beginners e-Book from the Sew Daily Shop and start your kimono dress project, and other modern, easy projects today.  To get started on the dress, see Part 1 and Part 2 of the sew along.

Amber Eden



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About Amber

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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