Cut out all pieces marking any balance marks using tailor’s tacks.
Use a ballpoint sewing machine needle on a medium zig-zag size stitch.
Begin by pinning the FRONT LINING to the FRONT RIGHT SIDES together. Pin only the underarm, tie and neckline area.
Stitch the underarm, tie and neckline area using zig-zag stitch.
Repeat this Step for the BACK and BACK LINING.
Place the FRONT and BACK RIGHT SIDES together. Lift the LINING sections up and match the underarm points and seam allowances RIGHT SIDES together.
Pin and stitch from the lower edge of the LINING to the SIDE SPLIT POINT.
Notch the intersection of the seam allowances at the underarm point. This helps the seam to lay flat when turned to the RIGHT SIDE.
Use zig-zag stitch throughout the project.
Using the elastic trim, lay it RIGHT SIDES together with the lower edge of the LINING.
Pull it slightly taut while sewing directly.
Slightly overlap the trim when you reach the end. Backstitch to secure then cut.
Turn the elastic to the WRONG SIDE, and top-stitch the elastic from the RIGHT SIDE using zig-zag stitch again.
Complete the dress hem by creating a rolled hem, folding back 0.75mm then back again another 0.75.mm.
Pin in place and secure using zig-zag stitch (be very careful not to pull at the fabric more than necessary to avoid distorting it).
Lay one of the SIDE SPLIT BINDING pieces RIGHT SIDES together with one of the dress SIDE SPLITS. Match the SIDE SPLIT BINDING POINTS.
Stitch the seam allowances again using zig-zag stitch. The seam allowance of the SIDE SPLIT BINDING will stick out further than the hemline; this will be finished in the next Step.
Complete each SIDE SPLIT BINDING using the same method.
With the WRONG SIDE of the garment facing you, tuck under the lower seam allowance of the SIDE SPLIT BINDING.
Then, fold the SIDE SPLIT BINDING to the WRONG SIDE of the garment.
Complete both SIDE SPLITS of one side at a time.
Pin both SIDE SPLIT BINDING pieces to the WRONG SIDE of the garment.
Top stitch using zig-zag stitch to secure the BINDING in place and complete the SIDE SPLITS.
From the WRONG SIDE of the garment, use small HAND PRICKING stitches around the underarm, ties and neckline area.
Work from the WRONG SIDE catching just the seam allowance trying to avoid sewing directly through the RIGHT SIDE of the garment. This will help hold the lining in place and preserve the integrity of the neckline.
Try not to pull the stitches too tight as the neckline and underarm seams will need a little give.