- Take the sleeve fabrics pieces and use something round like a bowl to round off the edges
- Cut along the line
- Put 2 fabric pieces right side together
- Sew all around, leaving an opening on the straight side of the fabric, to turn the fabric right side out
- Turn the fabric right side out and top stitch to close the sleeve opening
- Finger press and iron press
- Gather the sleeve using a loose stitch setting on your machine. Back stitch at one end, where you start sewing the loose stitch. When finish stitching, leave at least 6 cm = 2″ long thread out. Pull fabric with one hand and on one thread with the other hand. Gather as much as you like.
- Repeat for the other sleeve
- Take your bodice, place the sleeve in between outer and inner bodice fabric, with the outer right side out, pin the sleeve centered on the hole for the neck and sew in place
- Place the outer bodice over and stitch all the way through, stopping 2 cm = 1″ at the ends
- Take your skirt fabrics and serge on all sides or fold fabric twice as indicated above to finish the seams. If you use a serger, fold fabric twice only on the hem. Sew 2 stitches on the hem.
- Gather the skirt fabrics so that they match the bodice’ width
- Take bodice and place right side out
- Place gathered skirt fabric right side out in between bodice fabrics and stitch to the inner bodice fabric.
- Place outer bodice over and stitch again
- Now it should all look like this and all you have to do is stitch the sides together, starting from the hem and stopping 7 cm past the body. I wanted this dress to be a surprise to my daughter and took the chance, I didn’t have her try it on before sewing the sides but I suggest you don’t skip this step as your dress might need some adjusting. If all fits well, just sew the sides up.
And you’re done!! Enjoy your hard work and give yourself a good pat on the shoulder! I found this an intermediate project for a beginner sewist. Let me know how your flutter sleeve dress turned out, I’d love to see photos. Here’s my little angel modeling the dress which by the way she’s crazy about! Yay!
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