Finishing Touches Sewing by hand

After you have constructed and hemmed your dress, it's time to sit down and spend some time together with a hand-sewing needle and thread.

Secure Facings to the main dress.

Add a thimble if you're prone to sticking yourself!

Thread a needle with an arm's-length of thread.

Fold the excess zipper tape away from the zipper teeth, and cover with the facing.

Pin in place while you complete the next step.

Bury the knot between the facing and the dress. Stitch 3 times directly at the facing/neckline seam to form a zipper stop.

New zipper stop.

Whip stitch the fold to the stitching line from the zipper installation.

At the end, tie a knot between the layers to hide it.

End inside the facing.

Repeat on the opposite side to finish the zipper.

Secured out of the way of the zipper teeth.
Invisible from the outside

Secure facings to arm openings.

To begin, arrange the facing as it will be worn, by pulling the sleeves through the facing arm opening.

You will secure the fold to the sleeve seam allowances.

Secure the seams in the facing to the corresponding seams of the garment.

Start by fastening at seams.

Pin to hold the pressed edge of the facing to the seam allowances.

Pin regularly to hold in place.

Whip stitch the pressed edge to the seam allowances, close to the sleeve seam.

Whip stitch around each arm hole.

Repeat for the remaining arm and your dress is complete!

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Karen LePage

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