I'm dreadfully sorry for the crappy pictures, but my scanner isn't working. I'm not sure it ever did, in fact it probably just needs plugging in, or switching on, or something - who knows ? Certainly not me.
Anyway, one crappy quality photo....
I'll zoom in a bit, if that makes it easier to read ?
This is a 'stitch- around' pattern, so cut out your paper pattern pieces, but NOT your fabric yet.
To avoid any nasty teeny tiny hems I've made the dress reversible, so you will need two squares of fabric cut large enough to accommodate your pattern pieces plus hem allowances .
Put your fabrics right side together and pin on the pattern pieces.
Now machine stitch close to the edge of your pattern where indicated. Don't forget to leave the side opening for turning, and don't stitch around the neckline on both pieces.
Without removing the paper pattern, and leaving a small hem all around your stitching, cut out your two pattern pieces. Not the neck bits though, the neck bits come next -
For both the collar and the dress, cut out the necklines ( which shouldn't be stitched yet) without leaving any seam allowance.
and now sandwich it in between the two layers of your dress.
Pin, baste, and machine stitch together.
Now, turn your dress the right way round, and slip stitch the turning gap closed.
Fold in half, to match A to A, B to B, etc ...
So it looks like this.
Starting at the bottom hem, slip stitch the side seams, picking up only the top layer of fabric - in this case the orange fabric..
Once you've reached the sleeve hem, turn inside out and repeat, this time just stitching through your other fabric. This will give a nice neat seam on both sides.
At this point, the dress could easily be made into a coat instead, just leave the gap for turning on the bottom hem so it's not visible. ( I wouldn't mind a coat like this meself actually ).
But if you still want a dress, just stitch the back seams in the same way, leaving a large enough opening to fit your dollie thru'
Attach buttons and sew little loops to fit, and then add whatever buttons and bows that take your fancy.
Dah, dah !
Ruby won't model for us today
She says she's too shy.
Back on friday. Bye-bye.