Making the Factory Dress

It’s been a couple of weeks since I cut the pieces for the Factory Dress toile (Merchant and Mills pattern). Today I made it up, it took me about 2 hours in total, with a bit of faffing inbetween!  It was pretty simple and the only change I made was to take the seam allowance off the interfacing pieces – my fabric was pretty sturdy and I didn’t want to add any more unecessary bulk.

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I following the instructions that came with the pattern (sometimes I just wing it. ..) they were thorough with plenty of diagrams and without too many words! The darts/pocket details come first, then the bodice is sewn together … It has facings rather than linings, which I haven’t overlocked, so i will need to add extra time for this when I make it up in my final fabric.
There is a 1.5cm seam allowance – i use the 5/8 guide on my machine but you could always pop a bit of masking tape as a guide instead?

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pretty much all of the seams require pressing open;

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Always quite satisfying.

The sleeves heads are attached and then sewn up along with the bodice side seams, I prefer this method to
making up the sleeve and setting it in, less fiddly.
Here is the top section of the dress;

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After a quick brew I came back to make up and attach the skirt … company had arrived! 

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Not that helpful as it turns out, especially as the path to my sewing room is currently flooded (blocked pipe next door awaiting repair) …muddy paws and fabric is not a happy mix.

So, the skirt … A few tiny pleats at the front,  attaching the side pockets in to the seam and sewing the side seams … super quick and straightforward. The skirt and bodice are literally attached right sides together and sewn all the way round, et voila;

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Finished (well a bit of hemming to do when I get to the final fabric but that’s all).
I popped it on (it is a slip on dress – no fastenings, great if you have a zip or buttonhole phobia), bit of a close up pic but it’s the best I could do!

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I love it, it’s loosely fitted enough not to feel like a tent but is nice and baggy at the same time.  My favourite bit? The pockets of course πŸ™‚

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When I can decide on my final fabric I will probably shorten the pattern before I cut it .. might save me a few inches! …. Coming soon (ish).

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