Monday, October 6, 2014

A Second Look at Dress Pattern No.15 by E+M Patterns

Last week E+M Patterns released a new dress pattern and I featured it here. I'm back today with a little pattern hack just to show you that even if your machine doesn't shir you can still make this cute little dress without shirring. I also left out the ties at the shoulders and added elastics to keep the look of ruching. Oh and I changed the hemline to make it a slight hi-low hem.

Keep reading because this is no ordinary post, its a hop and you'll be able to link to other blogs for more inspiration for Dress Pattern No.15 and there's also a giveaway too! To get yourself a copy of Dress Pattern No.15 by E+M Patterns click here or here for Etsy users, don't forget to use the code "TOUR15" at checkout for a special discount.

This  is what you'll need to make this project:
Start by assembling the pattern and trace the front and back pattern piece. You will not need the extra pieces for the shoulder ties or the piece to make the casing for those ties. 

Before we start to assemble the dress we're going to shape the hi-low hem. If you've noticed this dress has a slight a-line and also a curved hemline to give the dress a nice drape. On the front of the dress I want to make the hemline curve up in the same manner as it curves down in the back so I simply flip my pattern piece over to use it as a template.

Next step, cut out the curve to create that slight hi-low hem. I wanted to make sure that my curve wouldn't have a point at the center front at the hemline that's why I used my flipped over pattern piece as a template, but you can have your hem line curve the way you like it.

Lay your fornt and back pieces on your work table with right sides together. You'll be able to see if you like the contrast you've created for your hemline, and you can trim a little more off at this point if you want to. Sew shoulder seams with a 1/2" seam allowance and press open.

Top stitch to create 2 casings at the shoulders. 

Cut 4 pieces of 1/4" elastic (2 for each side). I used 3 inches for a size 3. With the help of a safty pin thread the elastic through the casings and stitch the ends of the elastics in place to create the gathers at the shoulders. Finish of the neckline then the side seams as instrcuted in the pattern tutorial. Before finishing off the hem if you have your little model around, try it on so that you can adjust the hemline if needed. 

You can finish off the hem using a rolled hem or twin needle or just a regular stitch for knits. Make sure you press your seams and hems to give your dress a nice crisp look.

I think I figured out the perfect use for this fabric, I've had it in my stash, no joke, for about 12 years!

Take a look at all the other stops on this tour...and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

October 6 - Sprouting JubeJube (That's here!) - Sew out of Control
October 9 - Gal Original Creations - Sibling Revelry

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  1. Cute dress! She's getting to be a little model with her little poses :)

  2. That *is* a perfect use of that fabric! Thanks for the hack!

  3. Bought this pattern last week! Can not wait to make it for my daughter.

  4. That is a perfect use for that fabric. I love it!

  5. Loving the hack - very creative and nice and simple. Great job mama!

  6. Super cute - I want to know where you got that great fabric?

  7. Love the fabric. The scale was perfect for the dress!

  8. Good things come to those who wait! Great matching up of fabric to pattern.

  9. LOVE e+m patterns! she has such great style (sorry if this is a repeat, I'm not seeing my other comment). thank you for the pattern hack!

  10. Another amazing hack from you Deb!! I love that fabric. It suits the dress perfectly

  11. So adorable and that fabric is amazing!

  12. Brilliant! Shirring isn't my favorite,