Avery Dress Sew-Along // Day 4

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Welcome back! For day 4 of the sew-along we will complete the upper half of the dress by adding the sleeves and closing up the sides of the bodice. Here is where we run into the pattern variations. I'll be showing you the long sleeve version, view C, so you will need to refer to step 6 of the pattern for the other views. But don't fret, we are here to help if you need it! Join the discussions on our Facebook event to ask any questions you may have.

Let's get started. Keep in mind that the seam allowance is 1/2" unless noted otherwise. Pin a long sleeve to the bodice with right sides together. Be sure to match the single notches at the front of the bodice and the double notches at the back.

Stitch the seam and finish the seam allowance with a serger or zig-zag stitch. Repeat for the other sleeve.

These next steps will be the same for both views B and C. Turn the bodice inside out and pin the side seams right sides together. Pin from the sleeve end to the bottom of the bodice aligning the underarm seams. Sew the seam and finish the seam allowance with a serger or zig-zag stitch. Repeat for the other side.

Hem the sleeves by pressing toward the wrong side 1/4" and fold again by 1/2". Stitch along the inner fold leaving a 1" gap to insert the elastic.

Pin one end of your elastic with a safety pin and insert it through the gap and into the hem. Maneuver the elastic around the casing and back out the gap.  You can pin the other end of the elastic to keep it from creeping into the casing as well.

Overlap each end of the elastic by 1/2" and stitch making sure the elastic is not twisted inside the casing. I stitch back and forth a few times with a zig-zag stitch.

Turn your bodice right sides out and admire your work!! The hardest parts are done! If you are adding the optional belt loops, do that now by referring to page 8 of the pattern.

See the rest of the Avery Sew-Along here:
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