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Ashling
« on: July 17, 2013 05:45:46 PM »

I'm working on making a dress without a pattern.  It's empire waisted with princess seams on top and a tiered skirt.  I'm most of the way through it, but I'm not sure what order I should do the remaining steps.

Here's what I still need to do:

Sew the side seam that will have the zipper
Install the zipper
Put braid trim on the skirt tier seams
Topstitch the bodice and handsew the lining to the waist seam
Add a patch pocket
Hem, and if it's shorter than I want, add lace

I'm thinking the pocket will be easier to apply while the skirt is flat, so I'll probably do that first.  I'm not sure if it's better to add the braid trim before or after I sew the side seam.  If I do it after, I'll have to fold it over and that way is hard to get it to look neat.  If I do it before, they probably won't line up perfectly, and I think it might make the skirt hang oddly. 

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amazing_784
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2013 01:57:27 PM »

I'd put in the zipper first, and finish the side seam.  The trim is a personal preference thing; what do you want it to look like?  I would have put on the patch pocket before attaching the skirt, that way it would be more likely to be perfectly straight.
You could hand sew the lining around the waist seam, then after the zipper is installed, finish tacking it down to the zipper.  Hemming would obviously be last, unless you decide you need the lace.  Either way, that would be my last step.
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Ashling
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2013 06:55:46 AM »

I wound up skipping the pocket, I didn't have enough fabric for it to line up with the pattern.  I added the trim after the seam and zipper were done and just folded one end over the other.  Here it is finished!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426220.0;all#axzz2gZYVYaqY
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lotusbomb
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2013 12:04:38 AM »

i love it!
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Ashling
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2013 08:18:02 PM »

Thank you!
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MadameScarletPhantom
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2013 04:47:23 AM »

It looks really great so far! Good luck on finishing it. (And wow! No pattern at all! Awesome!)
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