How to sew a dress from French Terry (Photo instructions + Pattern)

Péťa  ·  13.10.2020  ·  19 minutes of reading

Wondering if it’s possible to sew a dress from French Terry? Oh yes, and the results can be awesome! So let's take a look at how to sew dresses from laid-in knit. I will sew a children's dress, but you can certainly sew a women's dress. You can get the pattern for children's dress that I used for this article here:

If you are looking for a nice pattern for a women's dress, you might like this one:

Material

Thinner uncombed laid-in knit (French Terry) is suitable for our purposes. In stores, you can usually find this material in the knits category. The weight (grammage) should be about 250g/m2 and you will recognize this material by the loops on the wrong side. I fell in love with this material, it is ideal for the period when it is too cold for a T-shirt and too warm for a sweatshirt. You will find a large selection, for example, in the Dumlatek.cz store: French Terry - With prints French Terry - Monochromatic.

I used fabric leftovers from another of my projects.

Střih a návod na dámskou mikinu

Sewing instructions

I sewed the dress on my overlock, but you can easily do it with a regular sewing machine. If you plan to use a regular sewing machine, I recommend reading this article first:

Sewing elastic fabrics with a regular sewing machine - 4 steps to success

Pattern layout

  • 1x front piece (cut on the fold)
  • 1x back piece (cut on the fold)
  • 2x sleeve piece (Mine are slightly shortened so that I can finish them with cuffs.)
  • 2x cuff (optional)
  • 2x skirt piece (I have 4 smaller pieces - I used scraps and there was no room for the whole skirt piece.)
  • 1x neckline hem - elastic knit strip (The width is 5 cm / 2" and you can measure the exact length later.)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Bodice

Let's work on the bodice first. Put the front piece on the back piece (face side to face side) and sew one shoulder seam.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

If you want to use a wider strip (5 cm / 2" instead of 3.5 cm 1 3/8") for the neckline hem, cut 1 cm (0.4") from the entire circumference of the neckline.

Measure the circumference of the neckline (with a tailor's tape laid on its side) and multiply this number by 0.7. The result is the recommended length of the knit strip for the hem. Well... An approximate recommended length - every material is a little different…

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

You can cut the strip a few centimeters longer so that you can adjust the tightness of the neckline. Use a pin to mark the recommended length that you calculated earlier.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Fold the strip in half (lengthwise) and pin it to the neck opening. In an ideal situation, you will get exactly to your mark that indicates the recommended length. If you have less stretchy material, you will probably need to go beyond the pin and use a slightly longer strip.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Iron the neckline to “set” the hem in place.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Turn the bodice inside out and pin the other shoulder seam. Sew the other shoulder seam.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Pull free ends of the thread chain under the loops when using an overlock.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Press the seam allowances towards the back piece and use a few small stitches to keep it in place. This will make the neckline more comfortable.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Sleeves

Mark the top of the sleeve head with a small notch (cut). Align your notch with the shoulder seam and pin these two points.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Pin the rest of the sleeve cap to the open armscye.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Sew the sleeve to the bodice. Work on the other sleeve in the same way. Now pin the side seams and sleeve seams on both sides of the bodice.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Pay attention to the armpit area - both ends of the armscye/sleeve cap must be aligned. Fold seam allowances of the armscye in opposite directions. Sew sleeve seam & side seam in one go (and then do the same on the other side of the bodice).

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Cuffs

Fold the cuff pieces in half and sew their edges (to form the tunnels)

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Use small notches to mark the half-points of both cuff pieces (the points opposite to the seam).

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Mark the bottom edges of both sleeves in the same fashion.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Fold (“roll”) the cuff pieces in half to form their final shape.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Insert the first cuff into the sleeve (face side to face side), align both pieces “seam-to-seam and notch-to-notch” and pin them.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Now sew “on the inside” of the sleeve (see photo below).

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Pull the free end of the thread chain under the loops. Sew the second cuff in the same way.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Skirt

My skirt has four parts (pieces of my scrap fabric were too small), so I have to sew four seams. You should only have two parts.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Iron all seams and the whole skirt thoroughly.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

If you also work with a skirt that has four parts and you have “side panels”, then fold the seams of the side panels on top of each other…

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

...to find the centers of the side panels. Mark these points with small notches - in these places the skirt meets the side seams on the bodice.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Let’s drape the skirt. Set your machine to the longest straight stitch possible and reduce the presser foot pressure and the lower (bobbin) thread tension.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Prepare the skirt so that you can start sewing from one of the side seams. The center of one of the side panels in my case...

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Turn off automatic backstitching.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Pull about 15 cm (6") of the thread from the sewing machine.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Now sew around the entire circumference of the skirt. Sew about 0.5 cm (0.2") from the edge. Don’t backstitch when you reach the end - just pull out about 15 cm (6") of thread again.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Sew another parallel seam (same settings) about 0.5 cm (0.2") from the original seam.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Find ends of both top threads...

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

...and tie them.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Now carefully pull both top threads on one side of the skirt and it should start to crease.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

If the threads slid away at the other end of the seam, you can fix it with a needle:

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Pull the threads until the upper edge of the skirt has the same circumference as the bottom edge of the bodice (or 1 - 2 cm / 0.4 - 3/4" larger than the bodice). If you overdo it, it won’t be easy to sew the skirt to the bodice. Tie all upper threads to keep them from sliding away.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Align side seams (notches in my case) of the skirt and side seams of the bodice.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Pin the skirt to the bodice. Try to “spread” the draping evenly.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Sew the skirt to the bodice. Sew so that the draping on the skirt is in contact with the feed dogs. Otherwise, the presser foot will push it out of its place and the seam will not be even.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Start sewing from one of the side seams.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Sew around the entire circumference of the skirt.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Turn the dress on the face side.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Find the threads you used to drape the skirt and cut their knots.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Pull out all the threads - don't forget the lower (bobbin) threads on the inside of the dress.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Bottom hem

Clean the bottom cutting edge of the skirt. Pull free ends of the thread chain under the loops when using an overlock.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Fold the edge (2 - 3 cm / 3/4 - 1.18") to the reverse side of the dress and pin it there.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Reduce the bobbin thread tension & the pressure of the presser foot and choose an elastic stitch.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Sew around the bottom edge of the skirt. If you have a two-part skirt, start sewing from one of the side seams. If you have a four-part skirt, start from one of the seams on the backside of the skirt.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

And it is done! Simple dress that can be worn from autumn to spring...

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

If you have a moment, leave a comment about how you liked today's article and tell me what would you like to see next time.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Have a nice day, Petra

PS: You can take a look at the pattern from this article here:

 The pattern for children’s dress FLORA


pattern for a women's dress, you might like this one:

Material

Thinner uncombed laid-in knit (French Terry) is suitable for our purposes. In stores, you can usually find this material in the knits category. The weight (grammage) should be about 250g/m2 and you will recognize this material by the loops on the wrong side. I fell in love with this material, it is ideal for the period when it is too cold for a T-shirt and too warm for a sweatshirt. You will find a large selection, for example, in the Dumlatek.cz store: French Terry - With prints French Terry - Monochromatic.

I used fabric leftovers from another of my projects.

Střih a návod na dámskou mikinu

Sewing instructions

I sewed the dress on my overlock, but you can easily do it with a regular sewing machine. If you plan to use a regular sewing machine, I recommend reading this article first:

Sewing elastic fabrics with a regular sewing machine - 4 steps to success

Pattern layout

  • 1x front piece (cut on the fold)
  • 1x back piece (cut on the fold)
  • 2x sleeve piece (Mine are slightly shortened so that I can finish them with cuffs.)
  • 2x cuff (optional)
  • 2x skirt piece (I have 4 smaller pieces - I used scraps and there was no room for the whole skirt piece.)
  • 1x neckline hem - elastic knit strip (The width is 5 cm / 2" and you can measure the exact length later.)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Bodice

Let's work on the bodice first. Put the front piece on the back piece (face side to face side) and sew one shoulder seam.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

If you want to use a wider strip (5 cm / 2" instead of 3.5 cm 1 3/8") for the neckline hem, cut 1 cm (0.4") from the entire circumference of the neckline.

Measure the circumference of the neckline (with a tailor's tape laid on its side) and multiply this number by 0.7. The result is the recommended length of the knit strip for the hem. Well... An approximate recommended length - every material is a little different…

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

You can cut the strip a few centimeters longer so that you can adjust the tightness of the neckline. Use a pin to mark the recommended length that you calculated earlier.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Fold the strip in half (lengthwise) and pin it to the neck opening. In an ideal situation, you will get exactly to your mark that indicates the recommended length. If you have less stretchy material, you will probably need to go beyond the pin and use a slightly longer strip.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Iron the neckline to “set” the hem in place.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Turn the bodice inside out and pin the other shoulder seam. Sew the other shoulder seam.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Pull free ends of the thread chain under the loops when using an overlock.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Press the seam allowances towards the back piece and use a few small stitches to keep it in place. This will make the neckline more comfortable.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Sleeves

Mark the top of the sleeve head with a small notch (cut). Align your notch with the shoulder seam and pin these two points.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Pin the rest of the sleeve cap to the open armscye.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Sew the sleeve to the bodice. Work on the other sleeve in the same way. Now pin the side seams and sleeve seams on both sides of the bodice.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Pay attention to the armpit area - both ends of the armscye/sleeve cap must be aligned. Fold seam allowances of the armscye in opposite directions. Sew sleeve seam & side seam in one go (and then do the same on the other side of the bodice).

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Cuffs

Fold the cuff pieces in half and sew their edges (to form the tunnels)

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Use small notches to mark the half-points of both cuff pieces (the points opposite to the seam).

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Mark the bottom edges of both sleeves in the same fashion.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Fold (“roll”) the cuff pieces in half to form their final shape.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Insert the first cuff into the sleeve (face side to face side), align both pieces “seam-to-seam and notch-to-notch” and pin them.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Now sew “on the inside” of the sleeve (see photo below).

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Pull the free end of the thread chain under the loops. Sew the second cuff in the same way.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Skirt

My skirt has four parts (pieces of my scrap fabric were too small), so I have to sew four seams. You should only have two parts.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Iron all seams and the whole skirt thoroughly.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

If you also work with a skirt that has four parts and you have “side panels”, then fold the seams of the side panels on top of each other…

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

...to find the centers of the side panels. Mark these points with small notches - in these places the skirt meets the side seams on the bodice.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Let’s drape the skirt. Set your machine to the longest straight stitch possible and reduce the presser foot pressure and the lower (bobbin) thread tension.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Prepare the skirt so that you can start sewing from one of the side seams. The center of one of the side panels in my case...

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Turn off automatic backstitching.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Pull about 15 cm (6") of the thread from the sewing machine.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Now sew around the entire circumference of the skirt. Sew about 0.5 cm (0.2") from the edge. Don’t backstitch when you reach the end - just pull out about 15 cm (6") of thread again.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Sew another parallel seam (same settings) about 0.5 cm (0.2") from the original seam.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Find ends of both top threads...

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

...and tie them.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Now carefully pull both top threads on one side of the skirt and it should start to crease.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

If the threads slid away at the other end of the seam, you can fix it with a needle:

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Pull the threads until the upper edge of the skirt has the same circumference as the bottom edge of the bodice (or 1 - 2 cm / 0.4 - 3/4" larger than the bodice). If you overdo it, it won’t be easy to sew the skirt to the bodice. Tie all upper threads to keep them from sliding away.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Align side seams (notches in my case) of the skirt and side seams of the bodice.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Pin the skirt to the bodice. Try to “spread” the draping evenly.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Sew the skirt to the bodice. Sew so that the draping on the skirt is in contact with the feed dogs. Otherwise, the presser foot will push it out of its place and the seam will not be even.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Start sewing from one of the side seams.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Sew around the entire circumference of the skirt.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Turn the dress on the face side.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Find the threads you used to drape the skirt and cut their knots.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Pull out all the threads - don't forget the lower (bobbin) threads on the inside of the dress.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Bottom hem

Clean the bottom cutting edge of the skirt. Pull free ends of the thread chain under the loops when using an overlock.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Fold the edge (2 - 3 cm / 3/4 - 1.18") to the reverse side of the dress and pin it there.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Reduce the bobbin thread tension & the pressure of the presser foot and choose an elastic stitch.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Sew around the bottom edge of the skirt. If you have a two-part skirt, start sewing from one of the side seams. If you have a four-part skirt, start from one of the seams on the backside of the skirt.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)
Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

And it is done - a simple dress that can be worn from autumn to spring... :)

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

If you have a moment, leave a comment about how you liked today's article and tell me what would you like to see next time.

Jak ušít šaty z teplákoviny (návod + střih)
LAID-IN KNIT DRESS (PATTERN + INSTRUCTIONS)

Have a nice day, Petra

PS: You can take a look at the pattern from this article here:

 The pattern for children's dress FLORA



PS: Did you know that there are FREE PATTERNS available on my blog?