Welcome back to the Oliver + S Family Reunion Dress Sew-Along! On our final day of the sew-along we will attach the hem facing, sew buttonholes and add the buttons! If you are just joining in, that’s fine! Order your pattern and fabric now, and you can catch up!
If you are running a bit behind, take a peek at the Introduction, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4 posts! You have until July 15, 2011 to complete your Family Reunion Dress and post your photo in the Family Reunion Dress Sew-Along Flickr group, and one person will be randomly drawn to receive a $20 gift certificate to Above All Fabric!
Attach the two back hem facing pieces to the front hem facing at the sides, matching the notches. Press seams open. Sew a basting stitch 1/2″ from the top edge (the inner curve). Use the basting stitch as a guide, fold towards the wrong side and press.
Unfold the button plackets. Align the edges of the hem facing with the bottom corners of the dress, matching the notches. (The center of the dress will not match up with the hem facing yet, so don’t worry!)
Now match the side seams and the bottom notch of the hem facing with the seams and notch on the bottom of the dress and pin in place. This will fold the button placket inside out. Sew along the bottom hem with a 1/2” seam allowance.
After trimming, clipping, turning and pressing your hem, edgestitch the inside fold of each placket as far as possible. Then pin the hem facing in place and edge stitch from the inside of the dress to secure the hem facing.
If you wish add the multiple rows of stitching on the hem, your 1/4″ foot is especially handy!
I added the recommended 6 total lines of stitching to my hem facing, leaving long thread tails for each beginning and end, pulling the threads to the inside and tying them off, just as I did with the pintucks.
Since I used matching thread for this tutorial, it’s a bit hard to see the stitching. I used contrasting thread on my sew-along dress, and in this photo you can see where I tied off the threads on the inside. An even cleaner finish would be to tie off the threads, then bury the thread tails inside the hem with a hand needle.
All the dress is missing now is buttons!
I transfer the button placement markings directly from the pattern using my fabric pencil. Place the left placket on the pattern, right side down, on the proper size. Simply mark the top and bottom of each button.
I don’t mark the placement on the side for the buttons. Instead I let the finished buttonholes guide where I handsew my buttons. If you are using your machine to sew the buttons on, you may want the marks on the button-side of the placket.
Follow your sewing machine’s instruction manual for creating buttonholes.
There may be easier ways to sew buttons on, but after a few poorly placed buttons, this is now my method. Starting at the neckline, I align the left and right plackets then center a button over the buttonhole, and put 1 or 2 stitches in place, taking care not to sew through the buttonhole placket. Then I carefully unbutton and finish attaching the button. Continue moving down the placket.
Here’s another photo from my sew-along dress, since I also used contrasting buttons.
To finish up your Family Reunion Dress, add the tiny buttons to your button tab on the front!
Your adorable Oliver + S Family Reunion Dress is finished! Thanks so much for sewing along with me! I can’t wait to see all the finished dress pictures!
Take a photo of your masterpiece and post it in the Family Reunion Dress Sew-Along Flickr group! Upload a photo of your completed dress to the group by July 15, 2011 and your name will be entered in the random drawing to win a $20 gift certificate to Above All Fabric! And don’t forget, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to post here or in the discussion over in the Flickr group.