Live: Beginner Dressmaking: Sewing an Independence Day Dress for My Daughter – Fourth of July


everybody we’re here to make the kids
fourth of July dress we can check out this is the pattern we’re going to be
doing we are doing D0571 if you actually look at simplicity is
that pattern number is a 6502 let me take a moment really quick and
share this on my facebook and then we’ll get started there we go and share it’s it’s made that okay perfect arm so
yeah we’re making the little dress here the one that’s pictured of the girl on
the A pattern I penny is four years old and the four year old size is too big
for her so I am actually doing the three-year-old size um it needs two
different types of fabric and we are using four is the kind of chest area
little star-spangled pattern there and then for the main dress we using this
butterfly red white and blue pattern and then we also elastic the choice here
we’ll find it up there it fell down so needs a little bit of elastic I read
through the instructions and the elastic part I kind of got confused on so we’ll
see if we can get that part to work but it should be good so I do have the
directions here that I am actually going to be looking at because relatively
new at all of this so basically to start off with what we’re going to want to do is
sew the sides of the dresses together with the right sides facing each other
and then that’s going to create seam something that I’m thinking about trying
with these is maybe or with this dress is maybe a French seam so that way the
raw edge it gets kind of covered up and the dress last longer so we’ll take a
look at doing that as well so yeah we have the front and back
let me put these off to the side here and this is the back piece these are the
shoulder strap this is the front piece so with the front piece and back piece
together we’re going to start sewing this Hi Lindita thank you for
joining us so I’m going to put that pattern off to the side and this one is
the back something is that I might want to do let me go be here really quick
I got some chalk and I’m going to label this just so that I can remember that
this is the front so I’m putting an F on there and then the back off label it
with a B four back that is the back piece and I’ll put the B for back so that
way I can remember and then this is tailors chalk so it will actually wash
off really easily so with this one like I said I want to try to do a French seam
so which is a little bit different than the instructions so with the French seam
basically you’re going to want to sew them wrong sides together which is a bit
counterintuitive but it does work I’ve tried it before so I’m going to line it
up here and then I use these little clips instead of pins um I just like it
I think it’s for me it’s faster so I’m going to clip all of these pieces
together so with is this being my first project
going live with I’m just kind of curious if you guys can comment in the comment
section what was your guys’s first sewing project or if you haven’t sown
anything yet what’s the reasoning behind that and curious so like I said this is
going to be right sides to our wrong sides together because I’m going to be
doing a French theme on it and that one sucks every moment there we go might
take me a second to get used to this machine again I’ve been using the
vintage machine a lot recently let’s pull that out cut it got stuck
underneath it I should have paid attention to that so yeah the first step
is really just sewing the size of the dress together
and that’s going to be both for the covered part on the top and also the main dress part it’s actually kind of nice I like I said
I’ve been using the vintage machine a lot lately and with the vintage machine
you kind of have to do you have to take the cloth off and then put it back on
and it’s a bit of a hassle because it doesn’t have your burst so I’m like wow
this is fast now just because I haven’t used this one in one it’s probably been
about six months since I’ve used this machine hey Rachel hey Jared thanks for
joining us so here we go again so in the opposite
side of the dress so it goes just the side and like I said
we’re doing a French scene here so we’re going to have the side right here and
then we actually have to flip it inside out and then sew it from the inside and
that’s what’s going to protect the raw edge so we’re going to encase it inside
of the fabric let me go around this time and just because I want to have
everything lined up here I’m going to pin it in place so that I can try to get
as tight of a seam as possible also another thing actually before we do that
that is pretty useful so that way you make sure you get the whole inside of
the seam is to trim the excess off so I’m going to do that really quick and if
you guys seen these these are my really excited about these could just got these
new shears to work with make short work of cutting which is really nice nice long strokes let’s throw this back
up here and I’m just going to throw everything on the ground and I’ll pick
up everything after the video so doing the opposite side here getting the edge
lot thinner so that way becomes easier to view the French thing and again with
this pattern if you’re actually going by the actual instructions that go here
they don’t ask you to do a French name I’m just doing it because I want to
protect the edges and make it a lot cleaner and nicer so that way the dress
last longer and it doesn’t unravel at the edges so now I’m going to go back in
and dress hey how’s it going how’s your summer it’s kind of cool to see students from
work joining us live here for those of you guys that don’t know I
teach at university actually don’t teach this kind of stuff but I teach digital
art I’m working on the computer building 3d design so this is more of a
hobby just kind of stuff that I do on the side so have the whole edge pinned
in together here and then I can sew this raw edge and hide it so if we look at the opposite side now
so this side we don’t have any raw edges anymore and then when we flip it over to
the right side the dress looks clean so it’s really nice for the first thing
that’s super easy and I keep the dresses and lasting a lot longer although with
this um kids this small they go through their clothes so quick because
they’re growing so fast except penny she’s kind of grows really
slow stuff a lot of times she has very few growth spurts like I said she’s four
but she’s the size of the three-year-old she has a lot of friends that are um the
you’re younger than her that are bigger than her so I’m just going over the same
side hey Julio thanks for coming and watching did it cut this literally I did
okay so here again I’m just kind of flipping
it so that the seam is close to the edge so that way it makes it a little bit
easier to get a clean line if not sometimes you get a little bit of
rolling hi Karlene thank you for joining us it’s
appreciated there we go finishing off the French
scene here and I’m just going to sew along the side to finish off the side of
the dress Hi Alma so here we go like I said this is very
nice clean edge now with the French scene and it hides all the raw edges so
that you don’t have a lot of the we’re going on that you could potentially get
with just leaving your raw edges there showing and then I still have the chalk
it might be kind of hard to see on the camera but that tells me which sides the
front image sides the back so essentially this is kind of like they’re
going to be the bottom part of the dress and then we have to do the top part of
the dress now so if you guys remember this is the pattern that we’re doing so
right now we just sewed this part now we need to sew the top part around the
chest area and I have enhanced I’m going to be using kind of like a star pattern
it might be kind of hard to see I could get the right angle you can kind of see
that they have stars going on or the part the top of the dress because this
is going to be a little fourth of July dress and then I want to make sure that
I labeled this one too because there’s a front and a back neck bit of a different
size I have the white chalk here but that’s not going to work because it is
on a white material so let me get a different colored chalk that is over
there hi Krystle thanks for joining the show our red can use blue to right now
use red so that way I can see which one is on the back throw this down
and this is the front of the dress and this is tailors chalk so high is it go
this is tailors chalk so it washes off really easy
that’s the front and this is going to be the back is going to get into
sewing tube that’s back and then just like with the bottom we’re going to do
the the wrong sides together so making sure that I get there this is the front
and back stuff which is a little bit counterintuitive because most of times
you’re doing the right sides together but in this case you’re not that would be awesome Ezekiel
make you close Karlene I’m just putting everything together to
make it a little bit easier to sew when I come along to the edges and I need to find the
pedal there we go and if you are doing French scenes make sure that you
get yourself a little bit extra on the seam allowance because you’re kind of
sewing over twice the print that we’re doing the main part of the dress is
going to be this red white and blue butterfly pattern Penny really likes the
butterflies so I think it’s appropriate and um this is 100% cotton just kind of
stuff it was really awesome at Joanne’s it was like 50 or 60 percent off so I
ended up paying like $3 a yard which for me is awesome and then the other one I’m
going to sew right now so I’ll show you in a moment but this one is kind of like
stars so the other part of fabric is going to
be like this which stars make your patriotic on Independence Day tomorrow and I just noticed that on the back one
I put it backwards so I got it right back this seems really good its a bummer
it will take a little bit of time to do that I’m always really bad at ripping
out seams too anybody has any techniques to rip out Seams uh penny she is in the
living room with the nanny right now she is taking care of her so that she um can
not get hurt while I’m doing this stuff I’m just always afraid with the machine
running that she’s going to get hurt or something there you go though I got a
seam and I can try to start ripping these out now um also if you guys want
to end up seeing her with the dress on I’m going to put it on my Instagram so tomorrow for the fourth of July I’ll be
posting up photos so that you guys can see how the dress turns out we’re very
wearing it as long as it fits there and I don’t mess anything up the microphone picks it up you might be
able to hear kind of by the bedroom door right now I guess the fastest way to do this is
like not mess up right this is going so fast until this point
like I said I’m really kind of bad at taking out these seams and I mean it’s really similar on both
sides of this fabric and I yeah that’s definitely her voice shoes I think she’s
saying something like I need to get Potter water Potter is our dog he is
here in New York now he was in California for a long time here’s the last little bit to rip out and
then we get started again with the right way I wonder if people with more experience
to rip up seems less often I would assume so as always at least once in
every project where I have to rip out seams okay so let’s make sure that we got it
right this time and that’s the front this is the back so this is the one I
have to slip over and then we’ll be set I go and then let’s pin over the other
side to line it up and then we can leave the long again I save 10 but I’m
actually clipping everything what’s your guys’s preference do you
like to pin or clip your fabric together there we go let’s try this again
back perfect yeah maybe it’s the irrational fear of
pointy thing for me why I don’t like pinning um I think that’s also why for
this room here I got a little cactus yeah the cactus is kind of here to
remind me that things on this table have a tendency to be sharp and pointy so
that way kind of pay a little bit more attention and not hurt myself but I
guess it could work against me and end up cutting me instead that would have
been fun but it hasn’t yet or poking me I don’t think it would cut me poke me
though cool so flipping it over again just like
I did with the bottom part of the dress to do the French seams sliding this up amazed at how fast this is I’m like I
guess I just got used to using the vintage machine and it just doing all
the little extra work turning the fabric around and everything to get the finish
off the edge probably now thinking about it added maybe like an extra hour on
each project that I’ve been working on has to reevaluate that and I want to use
that other machine now yeah I think these pins also make things
are not tense but Clips make things faster at least for me I can put them on
quickly and I can take them off quickly but I’m sure with pins they should be what kind of machine I have I have a
singer talent it’s pretty much like the cheapest machine that I could find that
had a drop-in bobbin let me take a second and show you guys I have two more
up there the blue one is a front-end bobbin lined that up again and they went
inside of the wood box that’s a vintage 1919 singer and they’re all singers that
I have some on not that I’m against any other brands it’s just kind of what I
ended up getting I for me add for the dresses it takes me like four to eight
hours depending on the complexity of the dress it and and that includes like
cutting the pattern and everything and if you actually look at how I do the
sheets actually take the pattern from the sheet and face it onto a tracing
paper first and then after I do that pattern on the tracing paper I go over
and I cut the fabric from that I just like to keep the patterns pristine I
guess the patterns easy to follow overall they are I think found anything
that was completely too tricky when I was making this vest back here that was
probably the most complicated thing I made I had to redo a few parts of that
but usually I don’t have to do too much redoing
unless it’s like a dumb mistake on my part this time on the dress that needs a
little piece of elastic and I was reading at this instructions and I kind
of get the idea but I’m not sure if it’s going to completely be the way I expect
it so I might have to redo that part when it gets to that but so here’s the
top part done let’s see what do they want me to do next
the next is putting these parts together and I’ve heard that different patterns
are easier than others this one is actually new look which is made by
simplicity there you go New look um with the simplicity patterns
is probably the patterns that I most have so I’m kind of used to them already
although they are the brands and some people say some are easier or harder
than others let’s see I have that then I have to put the sides to kind of put it
like this this is the tricky part we’re getting this part on the right way so I
think we have to have it facing the right way the way we want it and it’s a
seam on it to get it into place which kind of does it make sense to me but
we’ll see how it turns out maybe because then we have to flip it
and then sew it maybe that will end up highlighting to see maybe it’s kind of
like a French seam but on the top you’ll see actually now thinking about it that
might be kind of what’s happening but then I need to be able to get the last
sticking here as well so that way it stays up on top the top part again so that’s it right there kind of how
it’s going to look all together where do you want to see the actual pattern because I did hold up the pattern a
moment ago so this is the pattern that I made well I didn’t make it I kind of
traced it and I have it decided yet it looks like
I have enough at this kind of LaCie stuff and I was thinking maybe putting
it along the bottom part of the dress down in this section right here all the
way around what do you guys think should I put that on there or should I just
kind of let it be in have it just the two different types of fabric I’ll place the bottom print that’s an
interesting idea I can try that yeah that would give it some balance I think
since there’s so much white on top the little bit of lace on the bottom could
kind of finish off the dress that’s a good idea so there we have that all there come
around here so let’s see pinned outside to the overlay up your
stitch to dress matching centers 5/8 theme from the raw base okay so we’ll
try this see how it turns out I’m just going to try to get as close to
the edge as possible stack all the way around there we go so you got the little top part going now
and then I have to do a second seam here and I believe this is where we’re going
to be putting the elastic in so I believe I have to leave it open a little
bit which it looks like I do so and it wants me to do five eighths of an inch so I
actually don’t have a seam gauge but what I do have that I’ve been using just
because I had it in my toolbox is calipers so that’s kind of how I measure
my seam allowances so I’m just going to market so I kind of
get an idea of what I am going to be making or the size that I need to be I’m just kind of making a guide so that
way I can kind of follow it as I so long on the edge here so that I don’t get too
narrow and that the less it can fit through it almost all the way around kind of
halfway there there you go it should be good and I’m
going to mark what side I want the opening to be at and I’ll put it here so
that way I live myself a little bit enough room so that I can sew or thread
the elastic in I can see it coming there you go with any luck this will
work and I won’t have to be do this whole section again Eric so that leaves me a little bit of a
gap there that will allow me to put the elastic all the way through there’s elastic to get that through
I don’t think it says it here in key itis I’m going to end up using a safety
pin for a while when I was trying to do projects like this I would kind of
struggle trying to get the things through narrow sections like that but
then a sewing group they told me about using this to make it easier to get
things through and as that helped a ton so then I’m just going to kind of
scratch and pull through now to do the whole pattern or is not the pattern but
the plastic all the way through and then here it’s a little bit tricky
you got to make sure right on the seam that you’re getting it in between the
top and the bottom layer so that it goes through because it’s not because of the
cleaning that we or the edges of the dress we have to make sure that we can
push it through there the raw edges kind of can get it stuck stuck on the sides
there I want to make sure that when I’m doing this that the other side doesn’t
go all the way through because I need to stitch that together almost out there right at the edge there we go now I can
pull that out and here says for us to sew the ends
together so this is really kind of skinny so a
little tough but we’ll see what we can do I’m going to try to make kind of like
a box pattern although with this might be kind of difficult it’s only a quarter
of an inch long it looks like it’s going to hold up and let’s see kind of how
it’s shaping up here so that’s going to hold up on the top of her dress and her
chest looks like it works nicely so now all I have to do is close that little
part where I put the elastic in there we go
so after this point we need to make sure that we do the hemming and we also do
the straps so I am going to as we want to put this inside out like that yeah okay so we got to put it inside out
and then we are going to seam this down or sew this down so that way it gives us
a nice edge when we flip it back over and that should in theory hide the dirty
edges that we have from being visible so shutting off the thread here let’s
see if I got this when we look at it the right way it looks the way it’s supposed
to it’s going to be like that kind of
frilly on the top I think it looks right so yeah that is good
and then now what is it asking me to do hand this
bottom part so let’s get all the clips in this one is going to be a little bit
more tricky than what we’ve been doing so far I think because it has the round
edge here everything else has pretty much been straight for the most part see how this turns out I have a whole
bunch of feet for the machine to do like rolled hem and things like that but I’m
just not sure how to use them I need to maybe look at some YouTube videos or
something to figure out how to do burled hem or something with one of the feet to
make this whole process easier for hemming you know so that’s rule though for what
and just so that we can hide that seam I’m going to take all of this and roll
it over it again a second time so that way we have the raw edge hidden make sure that it gets completely rolled
over because if not then it would be kind of raw edges sticking out and that
wouldn’t be fun I mean it won’t mess up the dress really because it’s kind of on
the hidden side but I know it was there I don’t think penny would care much she
just likes putting on pretty dresses I think that’s her favorite part of this
whole process it is when she finally can put on her new dress she’s been in the
room and with me in the past and she’s really interested in it but I think more
than anything she’s just interested that I’m making a dress for her and she that
gets very excited and her favorite thing with dresses is
that they twirl so any type of dress that when she twirls around it flares up
in the air and she really likes that almost to the end to work foot and then now we will see how good or
poorly I did clipping these into place that’s a side seam to start off
with right off here get this and started so I guess so the trick is going to be
to try to get it all to stay rolled up as I go sometimes what I’ll do is iron
it but I don’t have space or an iron here so that’s why I’m not doing that
but it helps it kind of stay in place a little bit better try that so far so good it looks like it’s coming
out the way I expected it to halfway through with this seam don’t wanna mess it up like it when I get a long stretch that’s
working properly or cooperating with me two more clips and then this hem will be
done. Get back in there I got that done let’s see my handiwork
or destruction of the dress not too bad so that we got that done and then now
they want us to do the straps so we’ll do that you know some of the threads looks good there so there’s a beat it
should be pretty close to the end now we have these straps that we have to do and
once we get these straps on how we gotta do is hand the bottom so here basically
you’re just going to fold it in half so it along the seam and then just like
with the elastic I’ll use a safety pin to slip it inside out. I used to have these skewers that I would push in through actually what they were
we’re sewing needles where I was easing before to push it through and I’ve
damaged a few um since things like that where I had to reverse them before so I
don’t do that anymore and now I use the safety pin and it seems to work much
nicer for me there you go so if we have one of these
here and all I got to do is take this safety pin and pin it through and then
we’re going to pull it and side up there we go and it comes out on the
other side perfectly think much easier than using a stick or sewing needles and
us sewing needles but knitting needles and pulling it through that way so
that’s one strap and now we got to do second strap and when we’re doing these
steps we want to make sure that we’re sewing them with the right sides facing
each other because we are flipping them inside out and with these the raw edges
they’re going to actually be on the inside already so we don’t have to worry
about doing any fancy seams on the dress to make sure that the raw edges are
protected from like the wash machine and stuff like that there we go. so let’s have at it
have at it and we can flip it inside out now now that I got on the other side it
should be really easy fish to get it pulled through once it get started I
guess there you go now pull it all the way through and
there’s the second strap so now we need to get these back on to
the main dress hey Bash this is what penny is going to be
wearing at the party tomorrow are you going to the party so let’s see this comes around here
and I want to make sure that they’re in the right spot so I’m going to mark this
out I should probably mark this earlier it’s
some text or something like that but I can do it down to there’s one and there and there’s the other end there that’s
for one side and obviously it’s a space about the side other
side there yep so now is that I have that I just have
to basically kind of tack it on to that section there and such to go through the
whole thing like that but I think I’m going to make it so that you don’t see
it on the top so go like that and then I’ll flip this up so that way I’m not
sewing all the way there’s this flappy part all the way up like that all the way and
then sit on this side there we go that’s one strap there for
the one side and then we just gotta get the other side done there’s that strap and get it over to
the other side make sure it’s not rolled over and it should be good so we got the little dress looking like
this now pretty cute um I’m going to maybe go over this a second time just to
get it to make sure that does it break or anything make it a little bit
stronger so what I’m doing is basically stitching
one line below the elastic and then the other line right over it so that way the
elastic can still move freely behind it just making sure don’t lose the thread
there and let’s do this side and one less strap so here we go with
the dress right here a little bit at the top and now all we have left to do is do
the hem on the bottom and I think I’m going to take Alma’s um suggestion as
well and do the lace along the bottom which I think it’s going to be super
cute this time I’m going to actually try to
give the roll right from the beginning for the hem see if I can get it properly
all the way around up okay said earlier I’m kind of for me one of the tougher
things I can do right now all right one of the things that have a tougher time
doing right now our hems so I’m using a lot of clips to try to
lock this down into place sorry about that
I am live streaming on my phone so I don’t know if it blacked out on you guys
or anything like that but you probably heard it ringing that where’s my phone
going off in the middle of my broadcast I was then going all the way around there you go so that should be pretty
nice no they call same person kind of persistent I guess know what I mean good
this thread came out anyway so I got a rethread the machine sorry about all the phone calls there
you go cool that is good so now I just have to
make sure to sew this seam together let’s see how I can get this seam done
on almost all the way around to the end there you go so we have if you’re
following the pattern the whole dress done now we are going to do one more
thing here let’s take a look at it really quick should be the complete
dress and I have a long time Sears let’s cut that and let’s flip it the right way so there’s the complete dress based off
of the pattern um but like I said taking Alma’s advice going to use this along
the bottom edge and they kind of a really cute nice finishing to this dress so that is the back side I believe I did
mark these so see if I can find the markings where the cut in the back kind
of scrubbed off already but I’m pretty sure this is the back it’s not it is now
so I’m just going to clip this little lace part down and do this little last
finishing touch thank you for the idea Alma I think it’s going to look really
really awesome so looking at the bottom edge now with a
little bit of lace that’s what it’s going to look like so I think I’m just going to do like a
zig zag to put the lace on that I’ve never sewn lace on anything so we’ll see
if that works to keep it in place I don’t know if I
just need a straight edge or if a straight stitch or anything like that
but I think I might try is exact there we go so now there’s at the end
I’m just going to cut the excess off just so you guys can kind of see what I
did I pinned it all all the way around should have a nice little seam there and
I’m going to switch it over to zig-zag stitch keep it the same length and maybe turned
the width to four sounds good to me respect there we go my scissors clean
off the edges and now it’s ready for penny to wear quick wash maybe but this
is the finished dress and it has a little seam thanks to Alma they’re super
cute finished dress um we’ll see tomorrow I’ll put some photos online
I’ll be on my Instagram where you can see photos of penny in the dress um
actually for right now if you guys want to see it on the form I can do that
right now let’s take the form off really quick and we can throw this on here so
if it fits the form it should fit penny because it’s penny size so here we go the dress for her should
be a nice little summer dress for Independence Day you guys can see kind
of how it’s looking we’ll see if I have to adjust maybe the
height a little bit but it looks okay anyways I hope you guys enjoyed the
video and we will see you guys in the next video I look forward and later the
week I’m going to have a few patterns out and I’ll do a video and on that
video if you guys can well kind of do like a group voting thing to see is what
is the next dress you guys want me to make alright bye