|Oliver+S PlayTime dress|
Would you like to make one?
You wish is my command.
Interface the neck facings.
Pin the shoulder seams matching the notches.
Sew the seams and press them open.
Neaten the outside edge of the facing.
If you use size and naming labels, attach them now.
Stay stitch the necklines.
Start at the shoulders and sew towards the middle.
Pin the back bodice pieces to the front at the shoulder seams matching notches.
Sew, press and neaten and then press the seam to the back bodice.
This finish is fine for a light to medium fabric. I really wish I had finished the edges first and then pressed the seam open. It was a bit bulky in the linen/cotton mix I used.
Flip the bodice and topstitch if you wish!
Pin the facing to the bodice, right sides together, matching notches and shoulder seams.
When you reach the shoulder seam, consider reversing a few times. This will strengthen this seam when it is trimmed.
Trim the seam and cut the corners.
I wish I had notched the curves, I will next time.
As directed, press the seams towards the facing from the right side of the garment. This works so well!
Turn the facing to the inside and gently push the corners out.
Finger press the neck line.
I was really unhappy with the shoulder seam bulk I had. My fault for not doing an open seam. I had to use discipline to get rid of the lumps.
Gently pull the facing from the bodice and under stitch the seam allowance to the neck facing, as far as you can, on either side.
Even though I am going to stitch the faux collar I decided to machine stitch may facings in place.
Pre fold and press the sleeve seam as directed in the pattern.
Gather the shoulders of the sleeves.
Matching the notch to the shoulder seam ease and pin the sleeve in place.
Sew, check for tucks, press, trim, neaten and press again.
Press the seam towards the sleeve.
Give this a good steamy press and let cool.
Press again from the right side and remove any visible stitches.
Press again and let cool.
Unfold the pre-pressed hem and pin the arm and side bodice right sides together, matching notches and underarm seam.
Sew, press, trim the seam and notch the underarm curve.
This will help with ease when being worn.
Neaten the seam, the notches will be neatened too but still allow ease.
Re-fold the hem.
You may need to press the hem again.
Pull the dress through to the right side to sew.
Press the seam.
If you sew on the inside of the hem it will be easier.
I did two rows.
As directed make the button holes now.
Would you like some tips?
After you have made the button holes match the notches and baste the centre backs, one over the other.
Apply an inch wide strip of interfacing on two of the pocket bags.
As the skirt panels are the same I marked my front one.
Pin the pocket bags to the skirt panel matching the notches.
I notched where the dots were marked.
Sew the seam with a narrow seam as directed.
Neaten this bit only, a zigzag will do.
Press the pocket away from the skirt.
Repeat for the other pockets
Pin a skirt front to a skirt back, matching notches and pocket bags.
It can be helpful to draw the seam allowance before sewing.
After sewing, clip into the marked notch.
Neaten the edges.
The notches will open up a little and make this step easier.
Press the seam towards the front skirt.
The bodice seam should be pressed towards the back. This will stagger the seams and lock them together
Press the skirt well from the right side.
Pin the pocket to the front skirt panel and stitch it from the wrong side.
Sew a narrow turning guide at the hem.
Press it up.
Turn up the hem again by an inch
I went with two rows.
Gather the skirt front and the skirt back, separately, with two rows of gathering stitches.
Pin the skirt to the bodice, making sure you pin the front skirt to the front bodice.
Match the notches and side seams.
Pull up the gathering threads to fit and knot the ends so that you can safety ease the threads.
Ready to sew.
Sew the skirt to the bodice.
Check for tucks, press and neaten the seam.
Press the seam towards the bodice.
If the back seam is a bit bulky try a bit of discipline.
Topstitch the waist seam.
Remove all the visible stitching.
If you wish, transfer the collar markings.
Stitch over the markings.
And there you are!
Practical pockets-perfect for teddies.
We think so.