How to Sew Dress: A Beginners’ Comprehensive Guide

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If you love to wear dresses or simply love the look of them, wouldn’t it be great if you can make one yourself? Regardless if you’re looking to make money out of it or simply just want to make a dress that you can wear, you’re in the right place at the right time. in this article, we’ll provide you with a beginner’s comprehensive guide on how to sew a dress.

How to sew a dress as a beginner

While sewing a dress can indeed be achieved by everyone, it is not a simple task. And depending on the complexity of the pattern of the dress which you are looking to sew, it can become easy or difficult. However, for our particular introduction to sewing a dress, we’ll settle with the basic pattern so as to get yourself familiar with the procedures involved, before moving on to the more difficult patterns of dresses. So, without further ado, here’s how you can sew your own dress as a beginner.

Step 1

How to sew dress
Dress Pattern

The initial step of sewing your own dress is choosing your dress pattern. There are a lot of dress patterns to choose from however for this particular case, let’s settle with the sleeveless summer dress since it is simple yet elegant for a dress. After looking for this particular pattern, you need to decide which fabric you will use for the pattern. In addition, you also need to decide the print or color of the dress – if you like flare and a bit of fun on your dress, you can choose a print with varying colors. However, if you’re looking to wear the dress for casual occasions then you can choose plain colors.

Step 2

Straighten the Dress

Now that you have your pattern and your fabric ready, you can now proceed with the initial planning process. Unpack or unbox the components of the pattern. Make sure that all patterns are complete by laying all components on the table. The pattern which we will use for this particular process should include the front, back, neck facings, and armhole pattern.

Some patterns come up wrinkly right from the package so it is important to straighten them out by ironing to make sure that the real dimensions or measurements are laid out on the fabric.

Step 3

Place pins

Next would be to trace out the pattern over the fabric. To do this, simply lay the pattern over your fabric – if you’re looking to make 2 copies of one pattern, simply fold the fabric in two to make two pieces. For fabrics with prints, make sure that the pattern stays on top of your desired pattern. Make sure to choose the part of the fabric that will accentuate or go along with the rest of the parts of the dress. Once you’re done laying the pattern in the right places of the fabric, fix it in place with a pin.

Step 4

Cut the fabric

After which, all you have to do is cut the fabric. As a security measure for errors, always have at least a 10 cm allowance as you cut the fabric. Having a small allowance will help you fix any wrong measurements and dimensions later on.

Step 5

Sew the part

Now that the pieces of the pattern have been cut, now it’s time to sew the parts together. Some patterns will have darts to provide shape such as on the bust area. The darts are shown by dots over a triangular pattern which you can fold and stitch on the fabric. Sew the darts then press the fabric downward.

Step 6

If your dress pattern comes with a back zipper, simply find the center of the back portion where the zipper will be sewed. There are a couple of ways on how you can sew the zipper in place. Some ways include the standard center zipper which is also named a railroad zipper and the invisible zipper which is covered by the fabric to hide it from view. There is also the lapped zipper application that can be easily be sewn by hand or through a sewing machine.

Step 7

With the back and front parts of the dress ready, we can now proceed with the shoulder seams. Sew both front and back components together through the shoulder. Bear in mind the seam allowances provided in the pattern instructions then sew according to the instructions.

For V-necks, it would be best to stay stitch over the front and back neck edges before moving to sew the shoulders to keep the fabric in shape and from being stretched.

Step 8

Next is to sew the neckline facing. To do this, simply sew the back neck facing with the front neck facing. Most of the time, there are two pieces of back facings and one piece for the front-facing. The two pieces of the back facing are designed to accommodate the zipper which will be laid out with the other parts later on.

Step 9

Now it’s time to attach the neck facings to the dress. First, make sure to secure the neck facings by using pins. As you do so, make sure that you’re facing the right position of the dress – the right neck facing should be pinned on the right shoulder of the dress. Stitch or sew the parts to secure them in place.

Since the neckline involves a curved seam, make small cuts or snips along the seam to give it a curve seam.

Step 10

Now comes the pressing of the neck facing to set it in place. Press or iron the neckline facing upwards to keep it away from the dress body. Be mindful of the seam allows that it doesn’t get flipped along with the neckline facing. Once pressed, make an understitch on the area of the neckline edge. After this, flip the neckline edge and press or iron to smoothen the fabric.

Step 11

Following shortly would be sewing the side seams. As you sew the side seams, make sure that the notches along the seams are equally matched. Bear in mind as well the seam allowance that is indicated in the pattern.

Step 12

Next is the sew the armhole facings. Just like the neck facings, prepare the armhole facings in the same manner. For further instructions on your particular dress design, simply refer to the pattern. Stitch or sew the two facings together and make sure that they are properly aligned with the underarm as well as the shoulder seams.

After which, attach the armhole facings toward the armhole. Be sure to match the notches of the front with the back, and the shoulder with the sidearm seams.

Step 13

After which, you can proceed with finishing the neckline of the dress. At the back neckline, flip the facing end that is close to the zipper and stitch the layers. This will leave a clean finish on the back neckline. Trim the corners over the two sides and make a few stitches on the edge of the facings for a clean look.

Step 14

And finally, all there is left to do is to hem the dress – and there are a number of ways to do this. You can choose to hem by hand if you want to conceal the stitches from view or you can also use the machine to make use of different styles of hemstitches.

Once you’re done with the last step, all you have to do is make a final check for overruns and run-ins of the stitch. Trim out any unnecessary fabric of threads sticking out of the edges. Iron to flatten the fiber and you’re done!

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