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Aylin Square Neck Dress Sewing Pattern – Studio Rosado

SEWING INSTRUCTIONS

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NOTE: for this garment and other stretch jersey projects we recommend using a 4 thread overlock stitch but you can also use a sewing machine + zigzag stitch.
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1. PREPARING THE NECKLINE:

Press the interfacing ribbon around the necklines of the front and back panels.
This will ensure that the neckline won’t lose the shape during sewing and later when wearing and after washing.
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2. JOINING THE SHOULDER SEAMS:

Lay front and back dress panel’s right sides together and serge (or sew) together both shoulder seams. Press the seams towards the back.
Repeat this step with the back and front facing.
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3. SIDE SEAMS:

Lay dress (top’s) right sides together and serge together side seams. Press the seams towards the back.
Repeat this step with facing details.
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Neaten the facing’s hem. Press to make the stitch place smoother. 
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4. THE NECKLINE:

Lay facing’s right side together with the dress panels right sides together. Pin the edges around the neckline. Sew.
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Turn the facing upwards. Understitch facing to seam allowance around 2mm from the seam. 
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Thick fabrics: trim the facings’ seam allowance to approximately 3mm.  With this step the seam won’t bulge out when ironed. 
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Clip into the curves to release the fabric and create a flat finish when the facing is pressed to the inside. Make more clips where the neckline is curved more.
Be careful not to cut in the seam.
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Flip the facing to the inside of the dress and press around the neckline. From the facing side leave 1mm of the right side of the dress visible around the neckline. This will make sure that you cannot see any of the facing from the right side of the garment.
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4. SECURING THE FACING:

Handstitch together the dress and facing details around armholes. Match the notches.This will secure both layers staying together.
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Secure the facing by stitching together the side seams on the lower edge. Use either a handstitch or make a few back-and-forth stitches with a sewing machine.
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5. SLEEVES:

Pin the sleeve seams. Serge or sew. Press seams towards the back. 
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Flip the sleeve from inside out. Place the sleeve inside the dress with right sides facing. Match the notches and the sleeve seam with the dress side seam.
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Stitch around the armhole.
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If you are using a serger, leave long tails of the threads at the end of the stitch.
Use a tapestry needle (or a needle with a large hole) to hide the threads inside the seam.  This will prevent the seam from fraying. 
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6. TRY ON:

You’re almost finished! :)
Try on the dress to make sure that you are pleased with the dress and sleeve lengths.
If you feel that the dress or sleeves are too long, now it’s the time to shorten.
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7. HEM:

If you don’t have a coverstitch machine, neaten hem allowance, turn to inside and pin. Topstitch the lower 4cm (1 5/8”) wide catching hem.
We suggest using a more elastic sewing stitch such as triple straight stitch or even a narrow zig-zag stitch.
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Repeat the same steps with the sleeve hems.
Give the final press and you’ve finished!
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