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Easy Breezy Halter Dress Sewing Pattern, sz 3 to 10
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Pattern tips and additional info:
- Download the pattern via the form above and save it to your PC, open the pdf document in adobe acrobat. Don’t print from google’s online version of adobe. (It will sometimes cause the pattern to print to small.)
- Seam allowance is 1/4 inch with a 1/2 inch bottom hem.
- Use a ballpoint/stretch needle
- Spray starch helps so much when folding and sewing the bottom hem of knit fabric. (The starch stiffens the fabric!)
- Sew seams with either a serger, double needle, stretch stitch, narrow zig zag with a long stitch length or a straight stitch with a long stitch length and a slightly loosened tension. (Make a couple of practice stitches on your fabric to see what works best.) I also like to use this “lightning bolt” stretch stitch on seams that need strength but a little give. (I used it when attaching the skirt to the waistband).
If sewing with woven cotton:
- You will need to finish the inside seams with your favorite finishing method. (Serger, pinking shears or a zig zag on with your sewing machine.)
Products used and recommended in this post:
- My favorite fabric shop for knits: Funkalicious Fabrics, Fabric.com and Girl Charlee.
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist, my coverstitch: Janome Cover Pro 1000cpx
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Ball Point needles
- Singer walking foot or universal walking foot
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
Easy Breezy Halter Dress Sewing Instructions:
- 1 to 2 yards fabric
- 1/2 inch elastic
- Single fold bias tape
- basic sewing supplies
4: 11 1/2 inches
5: 11 5/8 inches
6: 11 3/4 inches
7: 12 inches
8: 12 1/4 inches
10: 12.5 inches
Step 2: Adding elastic and finishing arm holes.
Fold the top of the back panel over 1/4 inch press, fold over another 3/4 inch, press again Sew right along the bottom of the fold to create a casing.
Use a saftey pin and thread the elastic through the casing. Pin in place and sew a quick straight stitch to hold the elastic in place.
Open the single fold bias tape and pin it, right sides together to the arm hole of the front dress piece. Sew a straight stitch, right along the the first crease.
Fold the bias tape over along that first crease and press. The bias tape will flip the seam over and make a prettily amn cleanly finished armhole. Sew along the bottom edge of the bias tape.
Fold the top of the dress front over 1/4 inch, press and fold over another 7/8 inch and press again. Sew right along the bottom edge to create a casing for the halter tie.
Line up the front and back pieces and sew along the side you anchored the elastic down.
Step 3: Sewing halter tie and optional shoulder support loop.
Fold your halter tie in half, right sides together and sew along the edge. Flip the fabric tube around and tie the ends. (Or tuck them in and sew- whatever you prefer.) BTW, this little tool/loop turner rocks. If you don’t have one- definitely add it to your list! (This one is highly rated too.)
Use a saftey pin (or tool turner) and thread the tie through the casing.
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