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Video:How to Sew an A-Line Dress

with Cindy Fetzer

Learn how to sew an A-line dress so that you can make custom versions of this popular style. Here are some tips on how to sew an A-line dress.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Sew an A-Line Dress

Hi! This is Cindy with Learn2SewFlorida.com. Today I'm going to teach you how to sew an A-line dress.

Supplies to Sew an A-Line Dress

Some of the things that we're going to need to sew our dress are: our pattern piece that we've already cut out; some thread -- everything needs thread; we need scissors to cut our thread and to cut things that we need; and then pins. Pins are very important. You want to pin everything together. However, you pin it, that's how it's going to sew.

So the first thing that we need to do to sew our A-line dress is we're going to pull our pieces. We have our front pieces and our back pieces. So I always put one right side coming up, and the other right side, I'm going to put going down, and then we want to put some pins in to hold the fabric together so we can sew.

Use a Straight Stitch to Sew an A-Line Dress

So we're doing a straight stitch. I'm going to follow that edge all the way across. When I get to the other side, I'm going to head reverse. So I'm going to do the same thing on the other shoulder. So the way we're going to finish off our neckline and to give it a nice edge is to use a facing. So we have to put the shoulders together at the facing, and then we'll cut our thread.

Now this facing goes on top of our dress and that's how we're going to finish off our neckline. But before we do that, pressing is very important. We have to press these seam allowances open. So here is our neckline here and here are our shoulders. We're going to do one right side coming up. We're going to do the other right side going down. Again, I put my pins in, you want to pin everything.

Now I'm ready to sew the inside here.We're just going to go all the way around and do the circle. Anytime you have a circle, you always have to go in and clip your seam allowances to get the fabric to bend. Now we'll go ahead and pin the arms together and sew the armholes together, all the way around and we cut our notches.

Turn the Fabric Out to Sew an A-Line Dress

We have these tools to help us turn fabric out. So I'm just going to go in here and grab this fabric and it's going to pull out for me, and I just want to pull, and again, you want to give it a nice press right where your stitch line is.

So we want to do our side seams, we are just going to make this bring this together and do a circle. We're going to go ahead and pin the seam, both of our side seams, and do our side seams together next. Here is where our seams are lined up. Go ahead and pull this out and then we'll do our back seam and we're almost done.

So we'll go back over and we'll sew our last seam and then we have to go to the iron and press everything. So we're going open up our seam allowances and press all of our seams. Now we have our hem. It's all pinned in place, almost allowanced, meet it up right where I started a couple of stitch to lock it in.

So that's how we make our A-line dress, and you can make one too. They are very easy. You can make it within 30-40 minutes. So this is Cindy with Learn2SewFlorida.com. Thank you very much and happy sewing!

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