Start by tracing your pattern pieces on a light non-fusible interfacing because you can easily see your fabric print right through it. Next, line up you fabric so that the print matches up perfectly. The fold on the fabric is where you want your seam to be and the blue arrow represents the seam allowance or where you want to place the edge of the back pattern piece (for the center back).
You can see right through my traced pattern piece to see the print of the fabric and how I placed the pattern piece to line up my print and added the 1/2" seam allowance. Once I'm sure of the placement of the pattern piece I can then cut out the fabric.
When ready to sew the center back seam following the pattern tutorial directions make sure to pin your pieces in place matching up your print. I would suggest hand or machine basting to make sure everything lines up. If the print doesn't match up, no worries, simply pull your basting thread out and start over until you're completely satisfied with the way the fabric lines up.
when you're happy with what you see, stitch into place and press your seam open, finish off the seams as indicated in the pattern tutorial. Its does take a little more time to make sure plaids and prints do line up, but its so worth the time and effort. Do remember it may also take a little extra fabric to make your prints line up.
This is just one little detail that could make a sweet little dress like this one a little more of a challenge, and sometimes a challenge is what we need to improve sewing skills.
Here are some of the pattern details:
- Size range is from size 2-10
- Lined bodice
- Sleeveless, perfect for layering
- Elastic at the waisline with faux ties
- Easy to follow step by step tutorial
- For woven fabrics
This fun little dress can also be paired with the free leggings pattern available in the E+M Pattern shop!
Incase you're wondering, this fabric is from the stash, it was pruchased a year ago and I'm so glad I saved it to use it on this pattern.
Until next time, xx