You’ve made it to day six!!!! You are just a few steps away from having a completed Emory dress for your girl (or grandgirl, or niece, or friend) to twirl in. And there’s one week left before Easter! We should totally do this every year, ha!
After today’s assignment, be sure to post a picture of your completed Emory in the thread in our Facebook fan group. You will have until Monday, March 21 at 11:59 pm PST to enter your dress pic. You will also be allowed one bonus entry for a modeled pic! I will be doing a daily giveaway, then I’ll total up the entries for the entire week and draw from those for our sponsored prizes from Izzy & Ivy Designs, Riley Blake, and Vintage Door.
To get started, grab your skirt, your bodice, some pins, and your favorite Netflix show. Because we’ll be finished in less than an hour!
- Run a basting stitch (stitch length as long as you can get it on your machine!) at 3/8″ and 5/8″ from the top edge of your skirt. Two rows will give you a more even gather and adds a little insurance in case one breaks! And make sure you put your stitch length back to its regular spot. Personal experience speaking here, ya know?
- Turn your skirt piece inside out and find the top center of the front, then mark it with a pin. Find the front center of the bottom of your bodice and put a pin there, too. Place the bodice upside-down inside your skirt, matching up the side seams and front center. Gather your skirt to the width of your bodice, pinning along the way. See Figure 1.
- Sew the skirt to the bodice, using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Finish this seam as desired (serge, zig zag, French seams, etc.).
- Turn your dress right sides out and press the seam allowance up towards the bodice. Topstitch this seam and press anything that you feel needs a touch up.
- Tadah!!!! You have a completed Emory Dress. Or four. In fact, look for a little pop giveaway in our group this weekend to see how many Emory dresses I’ve made recently. Seriously. SO many. But it’s a great little dress and I hope you find little details to add to it and make it a go-to dress in your repertoire!
Thanks so much for sewing along with me! Stay tuned to this blog and our social media outlets for the new Izzy & Ivy Designs’ website.