It's the final stretch! How is it coming? Any steps making you want to pull your hair out? Today we're not using any new techniques, just practicing a few things from other steps and putting on the finishing touches!
Binding the armholes
Begin by placing your bias tape along the raw edge of the armscye 1.5in from the side seam, leaving a 3in tail.
Continue pinning around the armscye, gently stretching/curving around your thumbs as in previous steps, to help ease around the curves of the armscye.
End pinning 1.5in before reaching the side seam, leaving another 3in tail.
Using the same method we used to join the binding at the waist seam in part 3, mark the point where the two tail ends meet.
Keeping the marked spots together, rotate the right hand tail so the two tails are now perpendicular and the right one slides to the underside.
Pin and sew from the marked point to the opposite corner.
Trim the seam allowance and press open, then sew the gap where the newly joined tail ends are. The bias should now be sewn along the entire armscye.
Just as we did while binding the neckline in part 4, press the bias tape toward the armscye, then turn the dress inside out to work from the wrong side. Fold the bias in to nearly meet the edge of the lining fabric.
Then fold down again to cover the line of stitching.
Continue around the entire armscye, pressing and pinning as you go.
Stitch in the ditch from the front as we did in part 4, catching the back side of the bias binding in the stitching. The first armhole is now bound!
Repeat that process with the other arm hole.
Press the bottom of the dress up by 1cm/ 3/8" toward the wrong side of the fabric.
Turn up by 2in /5cm and press.
Finish hem by either machine stitching close to the folded edge, or hand stitching in place.
Adding the button
Attaching the button is the last step! In order to get the best placement for the button I like to align the top neck at the center back opening, then push a pin through closest to the sewn end of the button loop.
That point is where the center of your button should be. If you prefer to sew your button by machine, align the center of the button over this point before sewing. If hand sewing, we'll use that as a guide for starting our thread. Push your threaded needle through the point marked by the pin, then remove the pin and sew on the button.
Slide that button through the loop- voila!
That's it- a lovely finished garment with no exposed seams. And it wasn't so hard, was it?
Now the best part- go try that dress/tunic on the little lady it was intended for!
Questions? Comments? Any tricky parts still have you perplexed? Send me an email at hollisue at gmail dot com, I'm happy to help! You can also join the Hello Holli Makers Facebook group to share your creations and get additional help!