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mare1234
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Date: 3/12/13 1:07 AM

I am fairly new to sewing and want to sew the Easy Kimono Dress by Pattern Runway, as seen here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/74251400/easy-short-sleeved-dress-pattern-elastic

and here:

http://www.patternrunway.com/2011/06/how-to-sew-easy-kimono-short-sleeved.html

I've read that the sleeve facings on this patterns can be floppy. I recently made a simple Kwik Sew top that used bias strips cut from the same fabric as a way to finish the sleeve. I really liked how it looked. Is there any reason I couldn't do this with this dress? It seems like the sleeves would be easy enough, but I wonder how the neckline would go down, especially with the keyhole in the back.

Any ideas or tips? Thank you in advance!


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Date: 3/12/13 2:17 AM

No reason at all why you can't do this. It sounds like a good idea to me.

As you are new to sewing, for the slit in the back, the easiest thing to do would be to add a centre back seam. (Just add a seam allowance to your pattern piece along the centre back at least 1.5cms wide.) Sew the seam below the slit, press open, then for the slit area do a double fold narrow hem using the seam allowance. After the slit is finished, sew the binding to the neckline.

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Date: 3/14/13 1:39 AM

I don't have the pattern in front of me, but I do think there is already a center back seam. I have sewn a bias tape to the top of a skirt in place of a faced waistband, so I am picturing I would it the same way.

Thanks for the tip, I will try it.

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Date: 3/14/13 1:12 PM

I might be inclined to do a hand rolled hem on the sleeves as it should provide a softer fall to the fabric.

The bound edges you are considering would be very pretty. You could try a sample of the binding and the hand rolled hem on some scrap fabric to see if it makes much difference with the fabric you are using.

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Date: 3/14/13 2:05 PM

Oh my, a hand rolled hem? That would be so pretty, but it sounds hard!

I will check out the binding threads you mentioned. One thing that occurred to me is that I will have to be creative with my yardage is I want to do bias, as I think that the strips will take more fabric than the facings, especially for the neck.

I also have a serger, could I do anything pretty with it to finish the edges on the neck and sleeves?

The fabric I want to use eventually, after I make a muslin, is a Liberty tana lawn.

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Date: 3/14/13 4:00 PM

Binding the sleeve edges would work just fine. If the pattern piece for the sleeves has a straight edge, you won't even have to cut bias strips. You can use strips cut straight. The only reason you might need bias is if you have curved edge.

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