Friday Sew-Along for Beginners: Use a Woven Fabric in a Kimono Knit Dress Pattern, Part 5

We are in the last stretch of this dress, and I am so pleased with how it is turning out. It really pays to take time with a project, and I always tell people that sewing is more about patience and perseverance than talent. This week, I am going to finish it with some hand-sewing, including putting in the zipper by hand. It's amazing how good you can make a garment look with just needle and thread. You will need the Absolute Beginner's e-book to complete this project. It contains both the pattern and the instructions and is digital, so you can have it in an instant!

If you are just joining us, be sure to review Parts 1 through 4 on this blog. We work a little bit each week, and I know that you can catch up!

     
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Below, my kimono-style dress pattern is featured in Absolute Beginners e-Book, above.

Step 20: For hemming the sleeves, I rolled the hem along the 1/4 inch stitch line and hemmed it with an invisible stitch.

Step 21: .Next I inserted the zipper, by hand. I like to put zippers in by hand with a pick stitch. You can see how the pin-*** size stitch looks so nice on the silk charmeuse.

Step 22: On the inside of the dress, you can see that I make the pick stitch in 1/4-inch bites.

Step 23: To finish the neckline, I cut two 2-inch bias strips and basted each one face down to each side of the center front seam along the neckline. (I folded the center front edges back 1/4 inch.)

Step 24: Machine stitch neckline in a 1/2-inch seam allowance, and trim the excess seam allowance back to 1/4 inch. 

Step 25:Turn the binding to the inside, tuck in raw edge and hand-stitch binding in place with an invisible slip stitch. .

Step 26: Pin and hand-stitch the lining to the top of the bodice seam allowance, turning the allowance so that it is concealed in the lining. Stitch the lining back opening to the zipper tape.

Step 27: Here is the lining attached (dress inside out.)

Step 28: And here and below is the finished dress. I just love it, and it's just in time for Memorial Day! I was sweating it the whole time, but with lots of fittings and work-arounds, it matched my vision! i hope the everyone has enjoyed this sewing adventure!

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,  Part 2, and Part 3  of the sew along. Have questions! Ask here! Happy stitching!

Amber Eden

 

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

4 thoughts on “Friday Sew-Along for Beginners: Use a Woven Fabric in a Kimono Knit Dress Pattern, Part 5

  1. I made the kimono knit dress with the original Birch knit fabric that is shown on the pattern. It is just adorable ! I love the weight of the fabric, and it came together very quickly and easily. It was the first knit dress I made; the instructions were simple and clear, and I easily sewed it up . I had to kind of guess at the size, but using the size guide on the pattern worked just fine.

  2. I made the kimono knit dress with the original Birch knit fabric that is shown on the pattern. It is just adorable ! I love the weight of the fabric, and it came together very quickly and easily. It was the first knit dress I made; the instructions were simple and clear, and I easily sewed it up . I had to kind of guess at the size, but using the size guide on the pattern worked just fine.

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