Make Do Monday – Sewing the sleeves and finishing the dress

This is the final part of the sew-along! Today I am going to show you how to sew the sleeves in and finish the dress off by sewing the hem and adding the final touches!

Here is a link for the first part of the sew along if you’ve missed the details for the pattern etc. Now, I didn’t have quite enough material left to cut both sleeves out in one whole piece so I cut both out in two separate pieces. You don’t have to do this, I just thought I’d clarify why there is a seam going down the middle. Lets finish this dress!

  1. Zig-zag or overlock around the top of the sleeve, then stitch two lines of gathering stitches along the top of the sleeve between the notches.DSCN3235
  2. Pull the loose threads and gather the excess material. DSCN3237
  3. Pin the side-seams right side together, stitch and zig-zag or overlock the seam.DSCN3238
  4. When you’ve sewn both sleeves together, pin them in to the sleeve hole on the bodice of the dress. Make sure that your notches are matching, gather the head of the sleeve to make it fit into place.DSCN3239
  5. When both sleeves are in the dress, hem the sleeves. I used a 2 cm seam allowance here as I wanted to keep the sleeves length.DSCN3240
  6. To get the fun ruching on the sleeve, take a 10 cm piece of elastic and zig-zag along the centre of the sleeve from the hem up to the mark. Now all you have got left is sewing the hem and making sure you haven’t got any loose threads left.

DSCN3241Here is the finished dress!DSCN3247A cut out keyhole with a button in the back of the neck.DSCN3249 An invisible zip in the side.DSCN3251That typical 1940s styled shoulder and sleeves.DSCN3254I’ve pinned on my Poppy that I made at last years Dig for Victory Show in the make do and mend area. Did you try and make this dress? Have you got a fun idea for Make Do Monday to try next, it can be a pattern, a recipe or maybe a book tips? Let us know in the comments section what you think!


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