1. Bust Darts:
Sew the darts on the front panel.
Start from the edge of the fabric and sew towards the dart point along the dart line.
Backstitch on both ends if you have a medium or heavy fabric. For lightweight fabrics leave long tails and tie a knot at the end of your dart.
Press darts downwards.
2. Shoulder Seams:
Lay the front panels’ right sides together with the back panel’s right side. Pin the shoulder seams. Stitch.
Neaten. Press towards back.
3. Side Seams:
5. Joining The Facing:
From the facing side leave 1mm of the right side of the dress visible around the neckline.
6. Preparing The Sleeves:
Gather The Upper Edge:
Slip the sleeve with the right side out into the puff. (So both right sides are facing each other.)
Pin together sleeves lower edge and puff’s gathered upper edge.
Match the seams. Stitch around. Neaten. Press the seam downwards.
8. Secure The Facing:
Secure the facing by making few invisible handstitches. Join the facing’s shoulder seam with the dress shoulder seam.
9. Try on:
If you have changed your mind and you want to make it shorter, now it’s the time to do it.
Turn the facing outside - facing’s right side is laying on dress right side.
Turn the corners inside. Press.
Fold and press rest of the hemline 1cm (3/8 inch) apart from the edge.
Fold again 2cm (3/4 inch). Pin.
Edgestitch (also on top of the corners you just prepared).
Give the final press and you’ve finished!