Let’s start off by saying… This dress is seriously the BEST! The base pattern is amazing on its own, but holy smokes, the possibilities of add-ons/changes/hacks/etc are endless! I loved sewing this up. It was such an easy and quick sew and with 3 kids plus a couple other “nanny kids”, I don’t have much time to sew (naps are few and far between)!
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So this hack that I wanted to show you is for a cold shoulder. There’s nothing too scientific about it. I started out by cutting all my pattern pieces the way I normally would. Next I got the front and back pieces on my table and just used my rotary cutter to bring in the armscyce/shoulder a bit, I guesstimated but by the time I got to the shoulder it was about 1/2″.
After cutting both the front and the back, I laid one on top of the other to make sure the shoulders were the same size.
Next, I got both of my sleeves. Laid them on top of each other, wrong sides touching. I chose to cut off 1 1/2″ to make the hole of the cold shoulder. I liked the amount of this opening on my finished dress but you can chose to do more or less, depending on what you prefer! With cutting off 1 1/2″, the notches were still on my sleeve, which was great for lining up the sleeve to the bodice. ((when I made my daughter’s cold shoulder, i only cut off one inch))
So I chose to add pockets and do a ruffle. I added the those per the pattern directions and in this step, I also added the sleeves. I started with lining up the side seams, continuing until I got to the top of the sleeve, matching the notches. Once I got everything sewn on the front bodice, I repeated with the back bodice.
After everything was attached, I sewed up the side seams, starting from the sleeve and ending at the bottom ruffle, going around the pocket, just as the directions say. I turned it right side out and added the neckband.
Lastly, I finished the sleeve hem and the cold shoulder hole! I’m a big fan of the rolled hem so that is how I finished both the hem and shoulder holes!
Voila! You’re done! I made an identical dress for my little princess, because, what 5 year old little girl doesn’t want to be just like mommy?
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