Today I hosted a little sew along at my house with a few girls and we sewed 11 dresses in all for Dress A Girl Around the World. This organization seeks to provide every little girl with a beautiful dress and it was so humbling to a be a part of helping to make that happen. I'm so thankful to the girls who came out to chat, snack, laugh and figure out how to sew these dresses together!
Here's what we did:
Measure 3” down from each underarm then lay a ruler across and mark with a fabric marker (disappearing ink) and cut across with scissors or use a rotary cutter.
Now the skirt. The skirt width can be anywhere from 22 - 42 inches. The easiest way to make the correct length is to hem the dress at the end. So all you need to do right now is make the side seam. Put the seam under one arm, that way the front and back appear seamless. After you’ve made the side seam lay the fabric flat put a pin on the opposite side that then a pin mid-front and mid-back.
now starting mid-center where the pin is…pleat toward the underarm (my pin is yellow). Each pleat is ½ wide and they are approximately (and I mean very approximately) an inch or so apart. Please don’t measure just fold the fabric until you get to the side seam. Now go back to the center and made pleats heading the opposite direction to the underarm.
Sew around using a straight stitch and then zig-zag the edges going around. That’s pretty much it! All that is left is the hem.
To host your own sew along follow this link-->Dress A Girl Around The World to get in touch with a rep in your area!