Summer Dress-a-Long Painted Portrait Dress Day FOUR

If you're looking for DAY ONE click here. 

There is never a rush or a hurry, think of this as self care sewing time. Enjoy the process and don't think about a perfect result. 

The point of all of this IS the journey.

The home stretch! This is the last posting for the Painted Portrait Dress instructions. I'll still be around helping on the Facebook Group or here on the blog if you leave a comment, so don't worry. A LOT of people still don't have the pattern in hand, and I'm really sorry we didn't anticipate this happening. No worries-- nobody is gonna die from starting later right?!  :D Stay upbeat.

In the Fall I'll be hosting another sew along or two, so please do stay in touch if you're interested. I'm here on IG or here on FB.
I'll announce the plan and schedule sometime in late August .

(I need time to clean and organize my sewing space! AND I've bought better film equipment, so I'll be learning to use that too. Tech is the hardest part for me. I can't help it, my first computer was a Commodore 64. Don't judge. Bahahahahahaa  #ILOVETHE80s)

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We've had so much fun sewing with you all, Stephanie and I are so grateful to have this Community of Makers uplifting one another throughout this hot Summer. It's really REALLY been lovely.

Thank you.

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Here we go. 

We begin again where we left off last Friday, at Step 14 (on left side of sheet) sewing the side panels to the main dress.

I find it really confusing that the numbers start over in each section, so I'll attach a screen shot of where I'm at here.

***When sewing the side panels to the front main panel and yokes keep the facings free (do not sew them into the seam). They cover our raw edges in the last few steps.

MAKE SURE you find the top notches on where the side panel top corner will hit -- I ALWAYS have to unpick a few stitches from where I previously sewed the yoke facing and front together. 

Step 15 /16

Read the directions several times here, as you'll be keeping the facings free when sewing side panels to the back panel and back yoke panel just like in step 14.

Step 16 instructs sewing bias hem tape to the bottom raw edge of the dress. Do this if you want to-- but I don't. I don't notice a difference in doing this when compared to a normal folded hem, and a folded hem is faster and easier for me. I serge the bottom raw edge, fold up 1", press, and sew it. Done!  I highly rec trying the dress on first to see where it will hit you in the most flattering spot before finalizing the hem.  ;)

Finishing the dress.

I'll just post this video instead of lots of type. I again do not use Pearl Cotton for my button , I use a 1/4" satin ribbon because A) it's faster and B) it's prettier to me. Make it WERK.

That's it! You've made a super cute dress!

Quick ref:

Day one post is here.
Day two post is here.
Day three post is here.
(You're on day four now.)

Have fun with fabric placement and make a few more - you'll find the process goes easier with each one, and soon you'll be really fast. I find this pattern is a great way to eat up some quilting cotton yardage quickly. :D   ANYTHING for an excuse to buy more fabric! HA    

*On that note--- I've got some FANTASTIC quilting cotton coming in soon by Anna Maria Horner & Tula Pink that I'll be listing in my shop. It's GORGEOUS! I have plans for a whole cloth quilt or two for Xmas gifts (maybe to myself bahahahahahhaa)...



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  1. I love your Painted Portrait dresses! This coming summer I'm definitely going to make one! And I'm sure I'll be using your fabulous blog posts and videos to help me! Thanks!

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