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Stitch your way to style with the sew

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Make a WRAP DRESS Get started

• Jersey fabric, 2m (150cm wide) • Interfacing

Sizes 8-20

Cutting guide

Front bodice: cut one pair Back bodice: cut one on the fold Front facing: cut one pair Back neck binding: cut one 3.5cm x 24cm strip Sleeve: cut one pair Skirt front: cut one pair Skirt back: cut one on the fold Left tie: cut one on the fold Right tie: cut one on the fold Note: adhere interfacing to the front facing pieces, plus the facing of the skirt front pieces

1.5cm seam allowance used unless otherwise stated.

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Download and print the pattern at sewmag.co.uk/ templates. Cut out all the pieces according to the cutting guide, then transfer any markings. Position the back neck binding on the neckline of the back bodice, right sides together and matching the raw edges, then pin. Stitch in place, fold the binding inside the bodice, then press. Pin, then stitch from the right side.

CLARA DRESS With summer on the horizon, everyone needs a wrap dress in their wardrobe. Combining comfort and style, this lovely design by Amanda Walker features a flattering bodice with sweet cap sleeves and sewn-in waist tie. The project is a great choice for those who want to focus on their stitching technique as it uses jersey and needs no buttons or zips, allowing you to concentrate on achieving a professional finish.

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Match the front and back bodice pieces at the shoulders, right sides together, leaving 1.5cm protruding from the front neck edge. Stitch the shoulder seams, neaten the seam allowances, then press them towards the front. Fold each tie in half lengthwise, right sides together. Pin then stitch along one angled end and the long raw edge. Trim the corners, turn the tie right sides out through the open end, then press flat.

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Lay the front bodice pieces right sides up and stitch. Place the longer tie on the left-hand piece, 2cm from the bottom of the angled edge and matching the raw edges, then pin. Repeat with the right-hand bodice and other tie piece. Pin the front facings in place, sandwiching the ties between and matching the notches, then fold to the inside. Understitch along the long edges of the facings (see Core Skill panel), then slip stitch the tops to the shoulder seams.

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Stitch the darts into the front bodice pieces and press them up towards the shoulders. Neaten the edges of the side seams on all of the front and back bodice pieces then stitch together, leaving a gap in the stitching line on the right-hand seam, as indicated on the pattern. Neaten the underarm seam, then sew a row of gathering stitch around the head of the sleeves, starting from the front notch and finishing at the back notches. Match, pin and stitch the underarm sleeve seams, right

Opt for a fabric with a single block colour or small motif, as larger prints will be difficult to pattern match. sides together, press the seams open, then turn the sleeves to the right side. Pull the gathering threads up slightly, then place the sleeve into the armhole. Match the side seams and underarm seam of the sleeve, plus the notch in the

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centre of the sleeve to the one at the end of the shoulder seam, then adjust the gathers to fit the armhole. Pin, stitch, then neaten around the base of the sleeves. Fold the 3cm hem and machine edge stitch in place. Repeat for the second sleeve.

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