Aimee Dress

This is a step by step tutorial on how to make Aimee Long Sleeve Maxi Dress.

UK 6-16 / EU 34-44 / US 2-12/ AU 6-16

As a first step, create two darts on the front panel.

Then join back and front panels together

Next bind the back neck opening

Sew the strap 0.5cm from the edge to the wrong side of the fabric

Then double fold it and topstitch

Trim the excess fabric

Pin all facing panels together. Stitch and overlock the seams

Then overlock the outer edge of the facing

Pin facing to the neckline

Before sewing cut a small piece of elastic approx. 5cm long

Insert the elastic to one side of the back neck

Sew the facing and then bag it out.

Sew shoulder seam allowance and facing, with a small back tack stitch to prevent it from moving

Then sew the button on the other side

Next we need to make buttonholes on the front panel. Cut a small piece of interfacing appox. 5 x 3 cm

Place interfacing at the centre front approximately 3 cm up from the hem

Press the interfacing using a hot iron

Then create two button holes 1cm away from each other

Use an unpicker to make holes

Moving on to the skirt, take front and back panels and sew and overlock the sides together

Now we need to make a drawstring waist. Place bodice facing the WRONG side, and skirt facing the RIGHT side. Insert the skirt into the bodice

Pin skirt with the bodice

Sew 3cm away from the edge so your stitch line runs UNDER the button holes

This is how it should look like

Trim the seam allowance only from the bodice

Take out the skirt from the top

Now fold the skirt seam allowance first by 1cm and then by 2cm and pin it in down

Make sure that when you then sew the stitch line is ABOVE the button holes

Next we need to make a belt. Take two pieces and sew them together. Then fold belt in half and stitch

Bag out the belt using a loop turner and trim the ends

Fold the ends inside and topstitch

Use a safety pin to insert a drawstring belt to the waist

The belt should go in one buttonhole and go out the other one

Tie the belt

Moving on the frill, sew and overlock frill the sides together

Next we need to create a gathers on the frill. Select the longest stitch length on your machine and make a stitch approx 0.5cm away from the edge

Pull the thread to create gathers

Sew the frill bottom to the dress and overlock the edge

Then overlock the raw edge and fold hem by 1 cm and topstitch

Then moving on to the sleeve bind the sleeve opening

Sew the strap 0.5cm from the edge to the wrong side of the fabric

Then double fold it and topstich

Fold the sleeve in half and stitch sides togather

Then create gather on the sleeves. Select the longest stitch length on your machine and make a stitch approx 0.5cm away from the edge

Pull the thread to create gathers

Interface the cuffs

Attach the cuff to the sleeve leaving 1cm out on each side

Sew the cuff’s sides

Bag out the cuff, then fold the other side by 1cm and pin in down. Then topstitch making sure to cover a previous stitch line

Insert the sleeves to the dress

Create a buttonhole on one side of the cuff

Sew the button on the other side

Ready sleeves

and ready dress!

Thank you!

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