Hello dear readers!
Are you ready for another tutorial?
I am. It’s been far to long. =)
Unfortunately this tutorial is not quite complete. I was altering this dress just a few hours before a wedding I planned to wear it to. Thus, the final step was rather hurried and I forgot to take any pictures of it. =(
I will do my best to explain it thoroughly and feel free to email me with any questions you might have!
I cut my fabric from some leftover scraps I had. They matched perfectly!
For those of you who don’t know what a basting stitch is…it is a straight stitch, but with your machine set so that it is longer than normal stitches. This also loosens the stitch so that it is easy to pull on the threads to gather the material.
(NOTE: I sewed the basting stitches about 1/3 to 1/2 an inch in from the edge of the material)
Next is the final step…
Start by attaching the sleeve to the front.
(NOTE: DO NOT clip off your straps…the cap sleeves will cover them, but the strap will still be the main piece holding up your dress.)
Take one gathered end of the sleeve and (starting on one side of the strap) pin the gathered section to the inside of the dress. Make sure that the fabric is pulled down far enough hide the basting from view when the dress is being worn.
To cross over the strap, fold the gathered fabric up and to the inside so that it is hidden from view and the fabric fold of the sleeve is meeting the fabric of the dress in front of the strap. You will sew it down this way. Place one more pin on the other side of the strap to hold the rest of the sleeve in place.
Using a needle and thread, sew the strap down. I sewed over and back across the sleeve to make sure that it was firmly attached. The bodice of your dress should have two layers…only sew through the inside layer of fabric.
Complete the same process to attach the sleeve in the back.
(NOTE: Before you start sewing the back of the sleeve, make sure that you measure to make sure the sleeve is the right length to fit comfortably over your should…measuring it by the existing strap is the easiest way to do this. You don’t want your sleeve so loose that it falls off your shoulder exposing the original strap.)
Complete the same process for the other sleeve, clip your threads and you are done!
So curl your hair, put on make up and get ready for a fancy evening out…or in my case, a wedding!
If you use this tutorial, send me some pictures so I can see your beautiful creation!
Enjoy and, as always, be blessed!