If you missed the last part of our Samantha dress sewalong ‘Joining the bodice and the skirt’, click here to catch up.
We are almost done! Today we are going to sew the tie belt and then hem our dress.
For your tie belt, you should have cut two identical pieces. First of all, we will need to join them in order to create one long piece. Here’s how:
take the short ends of your tie belt pieces and join them, right sides together. Stitch them with a zigzag stitch or using an overlocker. Press the seam allowances open (if you used a sewing machine) or to one side (if you used an overlocker)
Now, fold your tie belt in half, right sides facing, and give it a good press. If your fabric tends to roll and move around like ours did, use lots of pins to secure it in place. Then, when sewing it, you will use your fingers to roll it back to place.
To sew the tie belt, you are going to start from the middle, sew all the way to one corner, pivot and sew to the other end. Then, you will do the same for the other side BUT you will leave a hole between your starting points. This hole will be used to turn your tie belt right sides out next. We made an illustration to help you visualize it.
After you sew the tie belt, turn it inside out from the hole you left open. Take your time as it is a really long piece. Then hand stitch the hole to close it and give your tie belt a good press.
Quick tip: if you want to, you can topstitch the tie belt for a more polished look. That way, there’s no need to handstitch the hole closed, you can just run your topstitching line on the gap and close it.
To hem your dress, first of all you need to try it on and adjust the hemline to your preference. You can overlock it first, but if your fabric doesn’t fray (most jerseys don’t), there’s no need to. Use a wide zigzag stitch or a twin needle. Alternatively, you may use a coverstitch machine if you have one. For this sewalong, we opted to use a simple zigzag stitch.
Overlock the hem or leave it unfinished if your fabric doesn’t fray.
Turn the hem up by 2cm and press it well. Stitch ot with a zigzag stitch or a twin needle.
To hem the skirt, we turned the hem up by 2cm, pressed it really well and stitched it. For the sleeve, we turned the hem up by 1 cm, pressed and stitched it.
And that’s it! You made a gorgeous Samantha dress! Give it a final press, cut off any loose threads and you are ready to wear it with pride!
Quick tip: If the wrap pieces gap open too much, you might want to do a tiny handstitch in order to not reveal too much cleavage.
We really hope you like it. Don’t forget to share it on social media using the hashtag #smylysamantha. We would love to see!