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How to Sew a Dress With a Faced Opening

Mar 24, 2012
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When it’s as bright as citrus in sunshine, all you need is an open window. That’s exactly what we made with this simple dress from Quick Stuff to Sew, Vol. 1. The faced opening is an easy feature that you can add anywhere you want to let in a little daylight. Although we made a square window, you can make almost any simple shape. (Keep in mind that straight edges are easier to turn.) We used Simplicity Sew Stylish dress pattern 2968 and put the window on the chest, but you could put yours on the back, around a hem, or down a pant leg. Add a single window or more than one. Ours was fashioned for summer fun from various citrus colors of the same fabric, but you can make a tone-on-tone window for a more sophisticated and elegant look, or change the look with prints or stripes. The steps are simple: Just choose where you want to add a window. Next, decide its shape and how you want to knot your lattice. Sew a facing for the window on the right side of the fabric, turn it to the wrong side, attach the lattice, and you’re done.

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  1. user-1147293 June 27th

    Great idea! I can think of all kinds of ways to use this including backing the window with a contrasting fabric or lace. I think though the instructions were lacking a little in showing how to get the fabric to lay flatter at the corners or if curved seams were used. Most experienced people would know but for those who would like to try something new knowing how to trim or clip edges to get a smoothe finish would have been helpful.

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