Welcome to Day 2 of the Avery Dress sew-along! Today we will be working with the collar, optional pocket, and bodice pieces. As you can see in our graphic photo, I have added pre-made piping to the collar of the dress, so I’ll be showing you that process as well. Let’s get started! Keep in mind that the seam allowances are 1/2” unless noted otherwise.
Grab one of your main collar pattern pieces and start pinning the piping around the outside ring with right sides together. If you are not adding piping, skip down to the third instructional photo.
Baste the piping in place. A zipper foot helps to get up close to the piped edge. I like to sew right on top of the piping stitches when I baste it in place.
Pin the collar pieces right sides together around the outer curve with the piping in between and the basting stitches on the top collar piece. If you are not including the piping, this is where you join us, and pin the collar pieces right sides together around the outer curve.
Stitch the outer curve. If you are using piping, try to keep your stitches just to the inside of the basting stitches.
Trim the seam allowance along the outer curve and clip into the seam allowance using caution to not clip the stitches.
Turn the collar right side out and press well. Topstitch around the sewn edge.
If you are including the optional pocket, place each pocket piece right sides together and stitch around all edges leaving a 1” gap open on the side to turn. Clip the corners and trim at the bottom point.
Turn right sides out through the opening and press. Fold the top straight edge of the pocket over to the right side 3/4” and press to create a “cuff”.
Position the pocket onto the right side of the front bodice. Topstitch around the sides and bottom. I like to stitch small triangles at the top of pockets to reinforce the corners. Alternately, you can backstitch a couple times to reinforce.
Finally, place the front bodice and back bodice right sides together and pin at the shoulders. Stitch at the shoulders and press the seam allowance to one side. Repeat for the remaining front and back lining bodice pieces.
See the rest of the Avery Sew-Along here: