How to sew a lace-up front sundress
Cutting out your pattern
- Print out the pdf pattern pieces. Bodice front, skirt and bodice back.
- Stick the pieces together or trace each piece onto a piece of brown paper (tracing is preferred).
- Mark out required size and cut out your pattern.
Cutting your fabric
- Lay fabric out folded lengthwise so that the stretch goes widthwise.
- Lay skirt to fold trace using tailors chalk or pin to fabric, cut 2.
- Lay bodice back to fold trace using tailors chalk or pin to fabric, cut 1.
- Lay bodice front, flip over at fold marking. Cut 2 through the layers of fabric.
Preparation and binding
- Cut 2* binding strips 4.2cm wide, next to selvedge of fabric along the length by 2m
- Sew binding. If you don’t have a binding attachment make the strips wider app 5cm and sew folded in half into binding which you can pull through with a hairpin.
- Cut 8* 6cm pieces of your binding for the bodice, fold in half and attach to 1 section of bodice as in image above.
- Fit the 2nd bodice piece over the piece to which you’ve attached the binding, right sides together. Sew the bodice together at the neck edge, around the placard.
- Measure the straps
- Estimated measurements:
- Size 30-32 36cm, add 1cm per size up, but it’s best to drape the straps over your shoulders and set the measurement.
- Add 4cm which you can trim off on the final fitting. Slip the straps at the apex of the neck and arm edge. Stay stitch.
- Sew the arm extension of the bodice closed