I’ve finished my goal of making 70 dresses this year for Operation Christmas Child. A group of about 23 ladies have been busy sewing this year, and so far we have over 900 dresses done! Isn’t that amazing? The dresses will go to underprivileged children around the world.
Onto today’s tutorial. I’ve posted how to measure and cut fabric for a pillow case dress. You can see that here. There are 2 different ways to gather the top of a pillow case dress and attach ties. In last week’s post I covered how to sew a pillow case dress using ribbons for gathering the top of it. You can see that here. This week I’m going to provide a tutorial on how to elastic-gather a dress.
The supplies you’ll need to complete this part of the dress are:
2 ½ yards of double fold bias tape
¼ inch elastic:
Small dress – 12 inches
Medium dress – 14 inches
Large dress – 16 inches
The first step is to make the casing at the top of the dress. Turn the dress inside out. Iron the front and back edges down ¼ inch.
Fold down a second time ½ inch, and iron.
Cut your elastic into two equal lengths, one for the front, the other for the back. Using a safety pin, insert the elastic into the casing.
Stitch the ends of the elastic into place at the ends of the casings. This will prevent the elastic from pulling out.
Cut two 38” lengths of double fold bias tape. Open tape and turn under ¼ inch on each end to finish them.
Refold the bias tape.
Clip the curves of the armholes. Encase the armholes with the bias tape, allowing equal tape extensions at each end of the armhole for ties.
Edgestitch bias tape.
And that’s all there is to it. The only thing left is hemming. I’ll be providing a post on how to do the blind stitch for hems. If your sewing machine doesn’t have this option, turn your hem under ¼ inch, then ½ inch and edgestitch.
If these instructions aren’t clear or you have any questions, please let me know.