Making A Christmas Dress | SEWING FOR CHRISTMAS

Making A Christmas Dress | SEWING FOR CHRISTMAS


Christmas is coming and you like to present a charming outfit at the party? Then I have something for you. Hi, I’m Katharina. You can easily sew a Christmas dress by yourself. How? I’ll show you straight away. For this, I picked the pattern Burda 6594. My fabrics are a lightweight, elastic wool fabric and a satin with some structure. A golden trim and a pair of bells round the dress off. We start with the bodice. I will insert the zipper at the back. Fold the darts centered. Pay attention, that the lines match on both sides. Start stitching from the wider side of the dart. At the tip, leave the thread ends a little bit longer and do not backstitch. To make sure, the darts have the same length, I always control it by holding them together. Only then, I tie the thread ends. The thread ends I hide in the darts. Now stitch the back parts to the front part, facing right sides. Only sides and shoulders. The back seam stays open. My wool fabric doesn’t fray. So I zigzag the seam from the right side and trim the seam allowances up to the zigzag. You can do the seam allowances according to your preferences. The armholes are finished with bias binding. There are different possibilities to do that. I pin bias binding and armholes right sides together. The beginning I fold as shown and put the end over it. Stitching time. I cut back the seam allowances gradually, to avoid bulky spots. Then I fold the binding inwards as shown. I like to handstitch such areas. Pick up a thread of wool and angle down catching a little bit of bias binding. Start your next stitch beside where the last stitch came out. Don’t forget to iron afterwards. That makes a huge difference. At the skirt parts, first close all pleat seams. For this, fold the fabric facing right side and pin. To determine the beginnig of the seam, I mark the intersection point of the two seam allowances. At this point I start stitching. Press the seam allowances open. Place the pleat centered on the middle of the seam. Then stitch both sides, starting from the middle. In the middle, a small area remains unstitched, that’s ok. To trim the seam allowances I use pinking shears. With it, I can reach all areas. Of course, you can do that as you prefer. When all pleats are done, pin front and back parts facing right sides and stitch them together at the side seams. Then pin the bodice to the skirt. Stitch them right sides together. Maybe you have already noticed, that I like a neat look inside too. So I’m going to cover the middle seam allowance with bias binding. I sew the binding right side down to the seam allowance, inside it. For better orientation, I stitch on the side of the allowance since I can see from here the middle seam. Then I trim the seam allowances gradually to avoid bulk. I fold the bias binding the same way as I did at the armholes and handstitch it to the bodice. It’s important to iron the area, otherwise it will look like trash. Just sew the golden trim along the middle seam. Continue with the zipper. First I stitch the back seam, especially paying attention, that the edges of the golden trim match. The zipper area I baste with large stitches, secure the end and keep stitching with normal stitch length. After that, I press the seam allowances open. After pinning the zipper to the seam allowances, I open the seam down to the end of the zipper. As I’ve already shown you in the witch dress tutorial, I have my own method to install an invisible zipper. First, I start at the bottom and stitch along the zipper teeth. This seam keeps the zipper where I want it to be. While stitching the second seam, I bend the teeth outwards, so I can stitch very close to them. This way the zipper stays invisible on the outside. That looks nice. I’m satisfied. The neckline I do the same way as the armholes. Finally the hem. On circle skirts a challenge for the most. I solved this for me by not stitching from the left side, but from the right side. The lower fabric is pushed by the feed dogs, the upper fabric usually stays slightly behind. This way I get a flawless hem. Tie a bow and sew it with both bells to the dress. This is how the Christmas dress looks like. Did you like the tutorial? Then don’t forget to like my video. Questions, approval and criticism just leave in the comments. In my next video I’ll show you, how to make 3D Christmas Stars Not to miss this, subscribe to my channel. See you.

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