Do you ever wonder how I get these dresses done so quickly? After you make something 10-20 times you learn all the short cuts! Today, I share with you just a few of my secrets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip #1 Princess Seams may feel like a lot of work but I do think they are great for letting in and out seams with ease. This means fast and easy alterations. Nothing is ever made with a perfect fit the first time. Handmade garments are almost always tweaked.

My Rosewood Art Studio roomie Sarah Hydell gifted me fabric from a lady that used to frequent the center.
I hope she would’ve been happy with the 1960s fashion I chose to make out of her velvet zebra print sample.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip #2 Zip! Put your zipper in the back seam first while the dress is one open flat piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip #3 Sleeve setting Set your sleeves in before you sew your side seams. I do this because it is easier to sew a flat seam than one in an inclosed circle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip #4 Facings If you are using facings – attach those before sewing the side seams. Again, it’s easier to sew open and flat. This will give you a professional look and save you time.

Here my pattern was missing the size 12 sleeve. I went to another big box pattern with the same size and used that sleeve piece. It fit like a glove!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes~

I’m honored and flattered to be number 25 on the Blog FeedSpot’s 50 best seamstress blogs.


Check out a full list of my events and classes for winter 2018.

 

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Thank you for reading,
Tracy McElfresh
Dream it, Sew it!

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