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How to Sew a Dress With a Faced Opening

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. 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 (now out of print, but this technique would work with many dress designs) 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. RLKing65 | | #1

    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.

  2. user-6560831 | | #2

    I agree with previous comment, that instructions were not complete. Usually, those with lots of experience already know how to do this. Those of us who are beginners or intermediate sewers need more details to help us get things correct. Not really up to Threads great tutorials. The idea is cute.

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