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Off-the-Shoulder Dress

Created By:

Caroline Hulse

Skill Level: Beginner
Instructions

Join Caroline and make this Beginner-friendly off-the-shoulder dress this week! It's perfect for a quick upcoming holiday dress!

Use a fabric that drapes well, or has a little bit of a sheen to it for beautiful results!

Instructions:

  1. Cut two pieces of fabric that measure 36" long x 30" tall
  2. Sew up the sides with right sides together
  3. From the top corners, measure DOWN 6.5" and TOWARDS CENTER 3". Cut at an angle.
  4. Cut two sleeve pieces that measure 15" wide x 9.5" tall. Align one short edge with the angled edge you just cut. Line up at the top and sew to the end of the dress armhole. Repeat on the other side and again for the other sleeve.
  5. Finish the sleeves off by sewing the remainder of the sleeve length together with right sides facing. Hem the sleeves by folding the bottom raw edge towards the wrong side at 1/4" and again at 1/4" and topstitching in place.
  6. Cut two 36.5" wide x 10" tall strips for the ruffle. Align them with right sides together and sew up the short sides. Hem the ruffle by folding the bottom raw edge towards the wrong side at 1/4" and again at 1/4" and topstitching in place.
  7. Align the ruffle to the top of the dress - right sides of both facing up. Stitch around the top of the dress/ruffle at 1/4". You could even use your serger for this step!
  8. Fold the sewn top edge towards the wrong side at 1/2" and sew in place leaving 2"-3" open to insert elastic. Measure the elastic around your shoulders to find a good fit: not too loose, but not too tight! Using a safety pin, thread the elastic all the way through the casing. When the two ends meet, sew them together. Finish sewing the casing so there is not longer a hole.
  9. Hem the dress to your liking!

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Tako
Beautiful
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

cpindzola
Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
Txmaid
Fun Great Gift!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MargieARK
Teatime Quilted Tablecloth
Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
MickelSews
Great Machine
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
rvstan
S9 Review
Sunday, February 25, 2018

I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
pjmnana
PJMNana
Monday, February 26, 2018

I purchased a Memorycraft 15000 a few years ago and it was the best purchase I ever made! This machine can do just about anything you would would ever want! I love the capability of using the Acuedit app to set up my embroidery pattern on my Ipad and then download it to the machine! I love how my embroidery looks upon completion and I love all the good lighting it has to light up your workspace. That way you don’t need to worry about where to set up your machine. It also has plenty of room to do machine embroidery on any size quilts! There are many decorative stitches from which to choose that are outstanding! It’s hard to choose which one to use! There are so many great features it is hard to decide what I love the most. If you want to buy only one machine to last a lifetime, I would recommend this one!

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