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Guest Blogger: Leigh-anne's wrap dress project

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Stage 1 - 21/03/2018

I have been wanting to make my own wrap dress for a while now and with spring/summer approaching I thought there’s no better time than now.  I have chosen dress style C from the Butterick B5030 Pattern.  After looking at few patterns, this one appealed to me the most as it has six different versions of the dress which gives the flexibility to cater to different styles.  In particular, dress C was the closest to what I was after.

I decided not to cut the pattern supplied directly as I wanted the option to make the different versions/sizes in the future.  So I measured my waist, bust, high bust and nape to waist before selecting my pattern size.  I then compared my measurements to the pattern and chose the appropriate sizing. After tracing and cutting the pattern I did a tissue fitting with help from Kat.  A few adjustments later and it’s now ready for fabric cutting!

Leigh-anne has been coming to classes for exactly a year today, and has now secured a job at Alma's Alterations in Brighton, congratulations! She also has an Instagram feed showing her sewing journey @madebylaluk

Leigh-anne wrap dress sewing blog classes brighton hove pattern cutting      


Stage 2 - 18/04/2018

Today I pinned all my paper pattern pieces to my fabric. I made sure the fabric was completely flat and straight each side whilst I carefully pinned each pattern piece to the fabric, referring to the pattern instructions to confirm I positioned each piece correctly. Then it was time to cut the pattern out!

Now all the cutting is done, it’s time for the best bit, sewing! According to the pattern instructions the next step is to sew the darts. To transfer the darts from the pattern to the fabric I placed carbon paper between the paper and fabric and rolled a spiky wheel over the dart, this then transferred a line onto the fabric. I repeated this on all darts. I then pinned the lines of the darts together and stitched together with a straight stitch.

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