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Hey Everyone! 

One of my goals with the Basic Knit Bodice was to create a collection of pattern pieces that you can mix and match with each other! My first official addition is 3 styles of knit sleeves! It is available for purchase here, and it such a fantastic addition to any pattern collection. Believe me when I say that this pattern is incredibly useful and I can't wait to feature it in lots of amazing dress tutorials in the future! 

Now about this tutorial:
My new found fabric love is scuba knit! So soft and REALLY comfortable to wear. It's thick enough that it smooths over an lumps and bumps you might want to hide which is always a bonus ;) You can make this dress with any medium weight knit (stretch) fabric and it really does flatter any body type! 

Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing!!!!

Melanie
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Supplies:
  • 2 meters of Scuba Knit (Double Faced Knit or Ponte also works)
  • Matching thread
  • 2 Meters of 1/4" Elastic. 
  • Scissors
  • Pins


Pattern Pieces you will need are:


I made the bulk of this dress using my serger machine but you can use your regular sewing machine set to a stretch stitch.
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I lowered the neckline on the bodice pattern 3.5" to make it more scooped, of course this step is optional but I love the alteration!

You can also use any of the three styles available for this tutorial!

Cut out all your pieces you should have 2 bodice backs, 1 bodice front, 1 skirt piece, and two sleeves. 

Sew your dress using these tutorial here, this tutorial picks up right after you have added all the elastic to your dress. 
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**Before you cut out your sleeve pieces quickly measure the length of your arm and around your bicep.  Cross reference those measurements to the sleeve pattern to make sure the sleeve wont be to tight or to big. 

Cut out two sleeve pieces, you can choose whichever of the 3 styles available for this tutorial ( long, short and cap sleeve,). Serge or zig-zag the bottom edge. 
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Fold the sleeve in half and sew down the underarm seam. 

Make a small snip at the sleeve cap. 
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Pin your sleeve to your dress armhole. Match up the underarm seams, and match the snip at the sleeve cap with your shoulder seam. 

Sew slowly around your armhole seam, you might have to stretch it slightly to make it fit smoothing.
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Repeat for your second sleeve and check your seams for any holes where you might have missed sewing. 
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Fold your sleeve hem under a 1/4" and sew down with either a straight stitch or a zig-zag stitch for added stretch. 
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Comments

Amy
10/11/2016 2:10am

Hi!

I am so in love with your patterns! I was wondering what length you cut your circle skirt at (not the waist, just the measuremental from the waist to the bottom hem)? I always end up cutting mine too, but yours looks perfect!

Thank you!
I'm planning on using this tutorial to make a Wednesday Addams costume. :)

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02/07/2017 3:01am

Wow, I love the idea of your dress. It looks easy to do!. Actually, I don't know how to make one, luckily I found your website. it gave me an idea to make my own version of the dress. Rather than buying something expensive, why not try to make my own right? it's just the same, and besides it will surely fit you well. Unlike when you buy in branded shops, you'll be having a hard time looking for the size that will fit you and then sometimes it's not available. Thank you!

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Dee
11/17/2016 9:58am

Love your dress! I can't wait to sew my dress. WONDERFUL color.

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I've tried to copy your patters but I don't seem to get the hang of it. I sewn clothes for my sister before. It always seem to go wrong on the sleeves. Most of the time I just give up and make it a sleeveless. I probably should try harder to imitate your pattern.

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I like your dress! At first, I didn't think that you sewed it, but you did! That is why, I am so amazed of the outcome. I think you are great on doing this thing, sewing. The details, color and texture are perfect! Thank you for sharing this wonderful creation.

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03/01/2017 11:40am

I think this tutorial posts brings a lot of traffic to your blog. I'm thinking of something relate.

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