lucky dress part 4: faux layered hem and buttons

Hey everybody! Just a quick note about next month’s sew-along-it will be in the beginning of April instead of near the end…due to a super cool radically awesome something happening.  hmm, mysterious enough? lol. And a lot of you will be happy to hear the sew-along is the…..Chrysanthemum top! 
Newly renamed the Leah top. (Now I’m just using girl names I like)

hooray! So look for more info and a supply list soon tomorrow.
On to the end of the Lucky dress sew-along!

See more after the jump!

Let’s cut out the bottom contrast piece now: lay out your dress like so:

Then I cut along the bottom edge like so, leaving about 2.5″ underneath my skirt, and about 3/4″ on the side. (to fold under)

Then I pulled the skirt back and cut along the edge, eyeballing the width. (I did trim a little later)

I then serged along the bottom of the dress, and along the top and sides of the contrast band.

Then I ironed the hem up about 1/2″ like so.

I folded over one edge of the contrast band about 1/2″, and sewed that down.

Then starting with that sewn end, I pinned it like this along the hemmed edge, matching the serged (or zig zagged) edges.

When I got the end end, I folded under the leftover fabric and sewed it like the other end.

Then I sewed the hem down (from the right side of the fabric) using my presser foot as my guide.

 tada! Now you can trim if needed and make it more even.

Then I sewed some bias tape, leaving a bit on each edge, then folded over the edges and sewed it down like the sleeves and bib.

For the buttons, I covered my metal buttons with the matching solid, and made buttonholes down the back, overlapping the edges as needed for my button size. Then sewed on the buttons, tada! Done.

Let me know if you have any questions!


  1. I’m so happy! I fall in love with this adorable top and want to make it for my little girl.

  2. I was so hoping you would be doing a sew along of the Chrys, no, I mean Leah top.

  3. This turned out so cute!!

  4. OK I’m so excited to do your next sew-along! Just found your blog (right in time) and I’m trying to get more experienced at sewing so I can make things for my daughter. Can’t wait!

  5. awesome! look forward to participating in a sew along!

  6. Love the dress! I’m excited for the next sew a long too and for your mysterious news!!

  7. I’ve never done a sew along before, but I may just do the Leah tunic!

  8. Oooh, yay! I’ve always envied all the cute clothes you make for Sadie, but I’ve just never been brave enough. I don’t sew clothes. The couple times I have tried it has not been pretty. But guess what, I think you got me this time and I’m going to do this sew along with you! Thanks!

  9. YES!!! I am beyond excited. I was hoping that you would do a tutorial on this top but a sew along is even better!

  10. Well, I got as far as putting on the faux layer and now, the buttons are throwing me off! I tried covering my plastic buttons but it looked silly, I might try it again or go with plastic ones. I am also worried about the buttonholes since my fabric is thin and doesn’t exactly line up.
    I will finish my dresses!

  11. Great work! A great choice of fabrics, too! I love to work with bias tapes….they add such easy detail!

  12. I love the faux layered hem. It just looks so fancy:) I’d like to try this on a shirt.

    By the way, did you use a knit fabric for the Leah Shirt?

  13. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [01 Apr 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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