Melanie Sew-Along // Day 5

Friday, October 23, 2015

It's the final day of the Melanie Sew-Along, and we are so eager to see your creations!! There are two methods given in the pattern for finishing the neckline. I am actually giving you a third option!

First, measure the distance around the neckline of the dress. The length of the neckband piece needs to be 90% of this length.

The width should be 2". Cut the neckband piece to those dimensions.

Fold the neckband in half lengthwise wrong sides together and press. Open up the fold and stitch the short ends right sides together. Refold and press the neckband.

With right sides together, pin the neckband to the neck opening. The neckband will be slightly shorter than the neck opening, so divide each into quarters and line up those points. Then pin in between.

Stitch the neckband to the dress stretching it slightly as you go. Be sure to use a stretch stitch or a serger. Topstitch the seam allowance on the dress side of the seam with a stretch stitch or twin needle if desired.

Hem the bottom of the dress 3/4". Here, I pressed the edge under 3/4" and stitched it in place with a twin needle. Refer to page 7 of the pattern for additional hem options.

Do a happy dance, because you are finished!!

Be sure to add photos of your completed Melanie Dress to our Facebook Group before the end of the day Monday, October 26th to be entered to win one of the prizes. You can share photos on Facebook and Instagram with hashtag #melaniesewalong. We will post the winners next week!

See the rest of the Melanie Sew-Along here:

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