I've been slowly working on gaining confidence sewing with the new Brother Coverstitch CV3550.
I made this fun t-shirt dress with lots of coverstitching detail to practice and enjoyed sewing with my new machine. I'm so thrilled to show off the gorgeous stitching of the double coverstitch in this cute new dress tutorial! Here's the full length shot of the dress I made. With this easy t-shirt dress tutorial, you can make one too! Okay, let's get started so you can make your own. You will need a t-shirt that fits you well (loose or tight... whatever fit you want), tissue paper and 1-2 yards of knit fabric. You will also need the Brother Coverstitch CV3550
if you want the stitching as I did.
- Fold the t-shirt in half and place on a piece of tissue paper. Mark under the arm sleeve seam and where the neck and shoulder meet. Place a mark about 1/2" above and below these places.
- Draw a line between these two marks.
- Place the sleeve back down and trace the sleeve part of the pattern. You can make long or short sleeves. I like to give a wide seam allowance on the sleeves.
- Now you have the basic pattern.
- Cut out the pattern and add markings. Fold lines, and on the sleeve/top connecting line you will need to add seam allowance.
Note: To make an A-line t-shirt dress, you will want to slope out from right under the arm. The bottom hem of the dress should be two times as wide as this chest measurement. So... my pattern piece (1/4 of the actual dress) measures 7.5", and then I flared my A-line out to 15". Measure yourself or a dress you line to determine the length you need to cut your dress.
- If you want a lace (or other fabric) yoke on the back, cut the pattern at the bottom of the sleeve seam line.
- I decided I wanted to use a lace band on the sleeves and bottom of the dress instead of a hem.
- I used my coverstitch to topstitch each seam after I sewed it. Here I am stitching the edge of the sleeve.
- Sew the back yoke to the back bottom of the dress. Sew the sleeve on the angled seam line to the front of the dress. Then sew one sleeve to the back. Top-stitch each of these seams. Sew on the neckband and then sew the last shoulder seam to complete the circle.
- Topstitch the last shoulder seam and then around the neck.
- To finish up, sew the side seams of the dress starting at the end of the sleeve down to bottom hem. Hem or add a lace band to the bottom of the dress.