Are you someone who has just started sewing thus feel that sewing a dress is far away from your reach? Actually, you are completely wrong in assuming so because it’s not a big deal at all if you can simply follow a series of pre-set directions.
However, to help you be out of the hesitation zone whether you can or not, we present this article for you with the details of how to sew a dress for beginners. We believe that once you are done with the entire writing, your fear of dealing with the easy things to sew on a sewing machine for beginners will surely come to an end.
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- Choosing pattern and fabric
- Preparing your pattern
- Preparing and cutting the fabric
- Marking and sewing the darts
- Sewing the back zipper
- Sewing the shoulder seams
- Preparing the neckline facing
- Joining the neck facings
- Pressing and understitching the neck facing
- Sewing the side seams
- Preparing the armhole facings
- Attaching the armhole facings
- Finishing the back neckline
- Securing the facing ends
- Hemming the dress
Choosing pattern and fabric
In the tutorial, we will show you how you can sew a whole shift dress that is an ideal selection for the novice like you. For this, we, at first, recommend you to collect a pattern of your own choice from anywhere. Now, choose your fabric according to the type of pattern.
Preparing your pattern
Open the pattern and get acquainted with the pieces that you will use. Then, removing all the shriveling from the pattern pieces by a fast dry pressing and making sure that the pieces lay flat on the fabric set those aside neatly.
Preparing and cutting the fabric
Here, you will come to know how to cut and sew clothes for beginners. But, before cutting and sewing, remove wrinkles from the fabric by pressing it and lay it out according to the pattern directions. Remember that the fabric may need to be folded in half.
Now, set the pattern-pieces on your fabric following the pattern directory. At this point, you mustn’t forget the directionality means if the fabric includes any directional print like flowers along with stems, you must ensure that the print is also laid out. After that, pin all the pieces securely to the fabric and then cut.
However, if your pattern includes facings such as neck facing and armhole facing, you should cut a piece of interfacing using a tiny piece of the fabric to keep the size similar. Fuse it to the fabric’s wrong side. Next, fold the now-interfaced fabric in half. Finally, you can part the facing pieces. One thing that you must keep in mind that both the pattern pieces and facing pieces must be lined up along the grain-line.
Marking and sewing the darts
Besides facings, your pattern may include a number of darts, which are given by dots in the form of lengthy triangular formation. Later on, you should fold the darts and stitch those from the edge of your fabric unto the point.
Sewing the back zipper
Does your dress include a back zipper? Then, sew it immediately before you set to sew the back and front of the dress together. To sew the zipper, you are free to put the zipper in multiple ways and sew it either by machine or hand.
Sewing the shoulder seams
Now, it is time to sew the back and front of the dress together at the shoulder. But, before jumping into this sewing, you should consult the pattern instructions to find out the ideal seam. Finally, stitch those together and don’t forget pressing the seams open.
Preparing the neckline facing
Sew the front neck facing to the back neck facing at the shoulder seams. Then, press the seams open and complete the exterior end of the facing spinning it under and sewing.
Joining the neck facings
At first, pin the neckline facings along to the neckline of the dress and sew the facing properly. Then, wrap the facing to the inward of the dress. Lastly, crop the seam down up to ¼’’ that will minimize the bulk of the neckline.
Pressing and understitching the neck facing
In this phase, you need to press the facing of the neckline. After pressing it, you are to add a line of stitches around the end line of the neck that is called understitching. Once the understitching is done, flip the neck facing inside the dress. In the end, press around the edge of the neckline.
Sewing the side seams
Get the side seams sewn matching groove along the seam. Don’t forget following the seam allowance prescribed by the pattern. Now, press the “side seams” open.
Preparing the armhole facings
Firstly, sew the facing pieces aligning at the underarm and shoulder seams. Then, press the seams open and complete the ends turning those under and stitching.
Attaching the armhole facings
At first, pin any of the armhole facings to either right or left armhole matching the back and front groove. Besides, match the underarm and shoulder seams. Next, complete sewing the facing and armhole together. You can repeat the same process for the remaining armhole facing.
Now, just like the neck facing, trim the seams of both of the armholes. Next, understitch both of them and press the facings inside the dress.
Finishing the back neckline
To increase the beauty of the neckline, you should flip the top of the neckline down and stitch that part carefully following the previous stitches.
Securing the facing ends
Do you dislike the facings as those incline to flipping outside the garment? Then, you can adopt “stitch in the ditch” trick. This trick intact the facings sewing through the exterior of your garment.
Hemming the dress
This is the last phase, which is known as ‘hemming’. You can accomplish hemming either by hand or by machine. If it is done by hand, the hem remains hidden while the machine produced hem is always visible though requires less time and energy.
In the end, it can be said that the complete learning of sewing clothes as a beginner is not a simple task. Instead, it is a job of complete responsibility that requires much time and patience. But, we guarantee you of faster and easier learning, if you keep following our guideline persistently.