Welcome back to the Oliver + S Family Reunion Dress Sew-Along! Today we will sew the pintucks on the front and back of the dress and attach the tab. 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 and Day 1 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!
Locate the pintuck marks you transferred to the front dress panel and both back dress panels, fold on the lines and lightly press. Shorten the stitch length on your machine and switch to the 1/4″ foot attachment or a 1/4″ guide mark. Sew along each mark, leaving thread tails at least 1” long. Repeat for each marked pintuck.
Pull all threads to the inside, tie a knot and trim short. This keeps the stitch from unraveling and the threads from peeking out to the front of the garment.
Press pintucks flat, towards the sleeves.
Now we will move on to the button tab! Apply the fusible interfacing to one of your fabric tab pieces (the one you want to be in front, if you’ve fussy cut it). With right sides together, sew the tab pieces together with a 1/2” seam. Trim the seam allowance down to 1/4″ on the straight edges and 1/8” on the curve.
Carefully turn right side out and press. On the front center of your dress you will see a curved line that matches the bottom curve of the tab to indicate placement. Pin in place.
It was at this point that I decided that for this fabric selection, the button tab needed a little something else. With the bolder pattern, the button tab just didn’t stand out the way I wanted it to. Trim here is absolutely optional, but I want to show you how to add it in, just in case you’d like to also!
I pulled a coordinating red fabric from my stash, and made a bit of bias trim. You can also use a little piece of crocheted trim, narrow lace or cording. You will need about 7” of trim. If you want to make your own bias trim too, simply cut a piece of fabric 1”x7” on the diagonal, then press in half. Tuck the trim under the button tab and pin in place.
Using your edgestitching foot, stitch about 1/8” from the edge of the button tab, attaching your trim as you go.
That’s it for today! I’ll be back on Friday, June 17th and we will sew the shoulder seams and attach the neck facing! Take a quick picture of your progress and post it in the Family Reunion Dress Sew-Along Flickr group! If you have any questions, feel free to ask here or in the discussion over in the Flickr group.