|I used the line drawing from the pattern instructions to create the look I wanted. I used Simplicity 2436. From my Big Girl’s sketches I knew she wanted turquoise and lime green. I couldn’t find lime green corduroy locally, so we went with a bright pink I’d seen her admire.|
|I used the pattern instruction sheet, to make sure I had the pattern pieces I would need for the design. I was adding contrast bands, so I needed to cut a few extra pattern pieces.|
|To add the contrast band to the sleeve, I chose the point I wanted to split the sleeve. I chose the lengthen/shorten line to be the seam line between the sleeve and the band.|
|Because the seam allowances for this pattern are 5/8 inch, I drew a new cutting line 5/8 inch below my new seam line. When I cut my fabric, I would cut my sleeve along this line.|
|To draw the pattern piece for the contrast band, I traced the bottom of the sleeve pattern, using my new seam line as the top.|
|I added a 5/8 inch seam allowance to the top of the seam line of the sleeve band piece. This is my new cutting line for my sleeve band.|
|I wanted to add a little length to the dress with my contrast band. To determine the seam line for the contrast band, I had to do a little math: I subtracted the seam allowance from the hem allowance. Then I redrew the bottom cutting line of the dress pattern piece this amount from the original cutting line. |
My hem allowance was 1 1/4 inch. My seam allowance was 5/8 inch. 1 1/4 inch minus 5/8 inch equals 5/8 inch. So, I drew my new cutting line 5/8 inch above the original cutting line.
|To make the pattern piece for the back contrast band, I extended the lines of the pattern. |
To determine the length of the band: 5/8 inch seam allowance + 3 inches finished band + 1 1/4 inch hem = 4 7/8 inches. So my band was 4 7/8 inches long.
I chose to eliminate the center back seam on the band (shown on the right in this picture), so I drew the cutting line in 5/8 inch and marked my piece to CUT ON THE FOLD.
|I created my pattern piece for the front contrast band the same way.|
|I cut all my band pieces and my facing pieces out of my contrast fabric.|
|After I had all my pattern pieces cut out, I followed the pattern instructions to complete the dress, including the front zippers. |
The only exceptions to the instructions are listed below:
|Before sewing the sleeve, I stitched the sleeve band onto the sleeve, then I completed the sleeve.|
|After completing the dress, except for the bottom hem, I stitched the side seams together and the contrast dress band. Then I stitched the band to the dress, matching side seams and hemmed the band.|