Hey everybody! Happy Friday! I hope you've had an awesome week! Today we are finishing up the last step for sewing Butterick 5850 for The Royal Wedding Sew Along! I can't believe we've already made it to the hem! Before we get into the final step, lets do a quick recap of all the previous posts!
In Week 1 of the sew along, we talked about fabric options that would be great for our pattern, Butterick 5850. Linen was one of the recommended fabrics and I think this choice would be great for a casual summer dress. Taffeta was also recommended and that would be perfect for special occasion/evening dress. I created a Pinterest board with some fabrics, and also ready to wear styles in there.
In Week 2, we drove into making our muslin. I was not big on muslin making until this pattern and man, its opened up my eyes to the importance of making them! I went through my normal grading process of going from a smaller bust to a fuller waist, a swayback adjustment, and talked a little about lengthen and shorten the bodice.
Week 3 was when we finally got to start sewing!! In this post, we went through the first 6 steps of the pattern. We tackled all the stay stitching, darts, and stitched the bodice at the center back seam.
In Week 4, I took things to video so we could construct the bodice of out dress. We stitched and attached our lining, completed an invisible stitch and attached out ties. Our bodice was complete after this step, so if you have any questions about the bodice, definitely check out Week 4 video.
Week 5 our dress started to take shape because we began working on the skirt portion of out dress. Starting at step 33 and ending at 38 in the instructions, we stitched, gathered, and attached our skirt to the bodice. In this post, I shared we you my gathering foot that I used to help me gather up the skirt quickly.
For Week 6, we focused only on inserting out zipper! If installing zippers intimidate you, I can assure you this one is not as painful as others. I made a video walking through the steps of completing it.
And now we're here in Week 7, and its time to get our dress complete!
Starting at Step 42, we're going to turn up 1-1/4" for our hem and give it a press. Baste close the folded edge. Finish off raw your edge, and sew hem in place, easing in fullness if necessary. For me, I'll be folding in 1/4 of an inch to finish my raw edges, press up my hem, and blind stitch it in place.
Once you've completed your hem, your dress is done! Congratulations!! I'm so excited that we've finished up our pattern. I have been sewing with my muslin fabric this entire sew along so now I'll begin, cutting and sewing my dress up using this gorgeous Embroidered Chambray. As much as I love it, I do feel it could be a little "overpowering" of a print for this dress, but hey I'm going with it!
Since I've already sewed the dress, I know now things that I'll be changing for my final dress. I will omit the tie. Its a little big for my style so I'll omit it and add a belt. I also think I will only cut 2 skirts instead of 4. Its a really full gathered skirt, and so I kinda want to play around with that fullness a little bit.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! If you have any questions, let me know below! Be sure to join the Facebook group! Some participants have started to share their final dresses and they are amazing!! Also use #royalweddingsewalong when posting on social so we all can see and celebrate your make! The big reveal is not until April 30, so if you're just joining in, you still have time to participate!
Until next time...