Cut out all the pattern pieces.
Mark the FRONT darts using tailor’s tacks.
Pin and stitch the darts. Press.
Lay the FRONT and BACK garment pieces RIGHT SIDES together.
Pin and stitch the shoulder seams.
Pin and stitch the side seams. Finish the seam allowances with zig-zag stitch or an overlocker stitch. Press seams.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for the lining pieces.
Place the lining RIGHT SIDES together with the main garment.
Pin and stitch the seam allowance of the neckline and down the back to the BACK OPENING POINT.
Clip the seam allowances around the neckline carefully, to allow it to lay flat once turned RIGHT SIDES out.
Open up the lining from the main garment fabric and match RIGHT SIDES together all along the centre BACK seam allowance, from the lining hem to the main garment hem.
Pin and stitch the seam allowance.
Notch the seam intersection at the BACK OPENING POINT to allow the seam to lay flat once turned to the RIGHT SIDE.
Turn the garment to the RIGHT SIDE and press neckline seams.
Take the CUFF pieces. If you are using iron on interfacing apply this now, or if you are using sew in simply pin in place on the WRONG SIDE.
Fold the CUFF in half RIGHT SIDES together.
Pin and stitch the short seam allowance.
Fold the CUFF in half lengthways to complete.
Create rolled hems along the long edges of the SLEEVE pieces.
Roll each seam allowance 0.75mm over to the WRONG SIDE and then again another 0.75mm.
Pin and stitch in place. Press the seams flat.
Prepare the SLEEVE by hand basting within the seam allowance of the SLEEVE wrist.
Secure one end of the basting to a pin with a figure of eight and gently pull the other end to gather.
With the CUFF WRONG SIDES together with the SLEEVE wrist, ease the wrist onto the seam allowance of the cuff.
To neatly sew the SLEEVE to the CUFF create a french seam:
Pin in place all around. Sew 0.75mm into the seam allowance. Trim seam allowance to 5mm.
Turn the SLEEVE RIGHT SIDES out and fold the CUFF back so it faces RIGHT SIDES with the SLEEVE.
Pin the remaining 0.75mm seam allowance to conceal the first seam. Stitch all around to complete.
To insert the SLEEVE use a french seam again:
Begin by inserting the SLEEVE WRONG SIDES together with the garment.
Incase your sleeve head has stretched out of shape, you may need to use the method in Step 6 to regain the correct size to fit the armscye.
Gently ease the SLEEVE head into the armscye, begin by pinning the top centre points to match the shoulder seam. Match the UNDERARM POINT to the side seam then ease the rest in. Stitch a 0.75mm seam allowance.
Turn the garment WRONG SIDES out. Pin back the remaining 0.75mm and stitch to conceal the previous seam.
Complete the dress and lining hem by creating a rolled hem, folding back 0.75mm then back again another 0.75.mm.
Pin in place and stitch (be very careful not to pull at the fabric more than necessary to avoid distorting it).
Hand sew a hook and eye to the BACK opening at the neckline.