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Bridgetown Dress in Jersey: Finishing

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Bridgetown Dress in Jersey: Finishing

Hello stitchers! Today we finish our Bridgetown dress! This is the shortest entry of the sew-along; we are simply joining the bodice and skirt, and installing our elasticized waist. First, we sew up the bodice to the skirt, right sides together, at 1" (top of page 15). I used the lightning bolt stitch for strength. Making sure there are no puckers in this seam, clip those long facing ends, and then finish this raw edge: Stitching from either the public or inner side of the garment, stitch down this finished raw edge to the skirt side. In this case, I...

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Bridgetown Dress in Jersey: Sleeves, Side Seams, & Skirt

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Bridgetown Dress in Jersey: Sleeves, Side Seams, & Skirt

Hello stitchers! Today we are halfway through our Bridgetown backless dress, in knit jersey. We will be attaching our sleeves, and constructing our side seams and hem. I absolutely love the sleeves on this dress. They are constructed so that the hem is created by a fold, bisecting the sleeve's width (piece C). Fold the sleeve wrong-sides together, and presew on the raw curved edges (top of page 11). In my case, the jersey "glued" to itself nicely, so I did not presew. Recall the notches on both the front and back bodice armscye; those, as well as the shoulder...

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Bridgetown Dress in Jersey: Bodice and Facings

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Bridgetown Dress in Jersey: Bodice and Facings

Hello stitchers! Today we are starting our Bridgetown in a jersey fabric - in my case, a lovely stretch hemp from Nature's Fabrics, in a colorway called "Everglade". I made version C - that is, the dress length with the shallow hem. Above, you see my supplies - the fabric, needels (both a ballpoint for construction and a twin needle for topstitching), elastic, and matching thread. If you are relatively knew to sewing with knit fabrics, you will probably know you want to have the proper needle (ballpoint or jersey are best for most knits) and a strong thread (polyester or...

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Bridgetown Dress in Crepe: Finishing

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Bridgetown Dress in Crepe: Finishing

Can you believe it? Today we finish our Bridgetown Dress! This post will demonstrate finishing our hems and side slit (if we've added the latter), and creating our elasticized waist. So, for those of us making a side slit, these next eleven photos and instruction are for us! In our previous entry we had finished the side seams, including the seams of the hem. At this point, if we are serging, we can serge-finish the entire hem, leaving a long serge chain and threading this chain back into the wrong-side of the serged hem edge. If you're not serging, you can either fold here,...

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Bridgetown Dress in Crepe: Sleeves, Side Seams, & Skirt

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Bridgetown Dress in Crepe: Sleeves, Side Seams, & Skirt

Hello lovely sewists! Today we are halfway through our Bridgetown Dress sew-along, with an ankle-length hack and side-slit. This post will demonstrate sewing up our sleeves, and side seams - both the bodice side seams, and the skirt as well. We will then pick up on the fifth, to finish our slit, waist seam, and elasticized waist. So let's look at those sleeves!First, we take our sleeve piece and fold along the long fold line, wrong sides together. Pin, and then stitch at 3/8" (top of page 11). Next, we sew our sleeves to our shoulder. Open up the bodice flat and...

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