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Tea House Top & Dress: Side Seam, Cuffs, & Finishing

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Tea House Top & Dress: Side Seam, Cuffs, & Finishing

Well, well, well! You have made it this far! Today we finish our dress - and then hopefully throw it on with some winter tights and gorgeous footwear and head out the door! I hope you've enjoyed following, as much as I've enjoyed sewing for you! side seams So, we first join the side seams (top of page 13), that result in the body of the dress being formed (without cuffs or hem). You can create this seam using a French seam (as we did for our shoulder seams), but as I've said I don't tend to French seam vertical seams...

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Tea House Top & Dress: Yoke Facing

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Tea House Top & Dress: Yoke Facing

Welcome back! Today is our penultimate post for the Tea House - we are installing our gorgeous Yoke Facing! This is one of those moments we get to see how pretty our dress will be, inside and out. We start on page 11, joining our Yoke Facing pieces E and B, grading, and pressing the shoulders open. Now, we will be basting without backstitching, and pulling the threads (similar to our neckline treatment earlier), then pressing this curve. As shown at the bottom of page 11, you may want to clip right where the curve of the "keyhole" shape extends to...

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Tea House Top & Dress: Assembly

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Tea House Top & Dress: Assembly

Welcome back, Tea House troopers! Today we get to sew through the entitreity of Page 10. We will join our front dress panels - the princess seams - and perform a French seam for the shoulders. This is probably the shortest, easiest entry in the whole sew along. Princess seams can be a little tricky, however. So let's get started! center front to side front We are first attaching the Front Yoke and Center Front joined pieces (B and C) to the Side Fronts (A). I usually put the sharper-curved piece against the bed of the machine, and sew with...

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Tea House Top & Dress: Pockets and Ties

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Tea House Top & Dress: Pockets and Ties

Hello again, stitchers! Today we start on Page 8 of the pattern. We get to install our ties (for views A, B, and C), make up our pockets (for all views except A), and make our ties (for views A, B, and C). I know, that sounds a bit confusing! I am going in order of the pattern booklet, so just skip the parts that aren't applicable to you. For the wide ties (views A, B, and C) pin the tie to the joined front, aligning notches and making sure the ties angle downward. Go ahead and stitch at 3/8"...

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Tea House Top & Dress: Front & Back Yokes

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Tea House Top & Dress: Front & Back Yokes

Today we start our Tea House stitching in earnest! We are on page five, and staystitching: Staystitching is done just inside the seam allowance - for this pattern, at 1/2" (1/8" from the seamline of 5/8"). Stitch from the shoulder seams to the center of the garment for pieces A, D, and E. Taking up the neck ease Note from Peggy - If you are using a man made fabric, this next step may not work well as the fabric may not shrink up as well as a natural fiber during the ironing/pressing. You may try only taking up about...

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