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Darlene Dress Tutorial

This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to sew Darlene Square Neck Puff Sleeve Dress using our #DarleneDress sewing pattern.

We offer three ways of instructions for each of our sewing patterns. First is drawing instruction which you’ll find in your booklet once you purchase the pattern, two is a photo step by step tutorial which you can see below and three as a sew-along YouTube video. By doing this we want to offer variations of options depending on your preferences, but also help beginners.

This sewing pattern is available in UK 6-16 / EU 34-44 / US 2-12/ AU 6-16 and can be printed in A4, Letter and A0 size.

Take a sleeve piece and overlock the shoulder edge

Then fold the top edge  by 1.5cm and topstitch

Topstitch.

Use chalk to mark a line for the elastic approximately 10cm from the edge

Measure your arm and add extra 2 cm // mine UK size 8 is for example 28cm

Stretch the elastic as you sew

Measure your armhole and add extra 2 cm// mine UK size 8 is for example 40cm

Insert the elastic using a safety pin to the shoulders

Make two secure stitched of the elastic on each side

Sew the sleeves sides using a french seam technique

Finish of the sleeve’s hems by double folding the fabric and topstitching

Topstitch.

Moving on to the skirt, take front and back skirt panels

Pin them together leaving 1cm seam allowance approximately 40cm down from the waist

Then fold the seam allowance and topstitch

Topstitch.

Sew front and back panels together using a french seam technique

Moving on to the top, take front and back bodice panels

Sew front and back panels together using a french seam technique

Double fold the neckline first by 1cm and then by 1.5cm and leave a small gap to insert the elastic

Topstitch.

Place bodice on the wrong side and skirt on the right side. Insert the skirt to the bodice and pin waistline together

Pin bodice to the skirt and sew 3cm away from the edge

Stitch.

Trim the seam allowance only form the bodice

Double fold the skirt allowance and leave a small gap to insert the elastic

Topstitch.

Finish off the hem by double folding it and topstitching

Topstitch.

Measure your overbust with slightly stretched elastic and add 2cm/ mine UK size 8 is for example 85cm

Insert the elastic using a safety pin to the neckline

Measure your waist with slightly stretched elastic and add 2cm/ mine UK size 8 is for example 70cm

Insert the elastic using a safety pin to the waist

Sew the gaps to finish off the seams

Sew the sleeves to the dress

Make a back tack stitch to sew the sleeve to the dress

Voila!

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