Charlotte dress Part 4-skirt and sash

Now you’ll cut out your skirt pieces-I cut mine about 36″long by 10″ wide-and the same length for the accent fabric, only I cut that about 3.5″wide.

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Of course, if you’re making this in a larger size you will need to adjust accordingly-you could use a dress already in your closet to figure out the fabric you need.

Then I ironed my accent piece in half lengthwise, and sewed it right sides together to one long side of my skirt piece.

It should look like this! Press with your iron of course! ๐Ÿ™‚

I used my serger-obviously a sewing machine would do the job as well!

Next, sew a gathering stitch along the top of the skirt, then gather it to fit the bottom of the bodice, and then pin (right sides together) and sew them together, then finish your seam.

Next, cut another piece of your accent fabric-I cut mine 3.5″wide x the measurement around the waist on the bodice.

Then fold it in half lengthwise, and sew along the side-then turn right side out with a safety pin and iron flat.

Next pin around your dress-I had it overlap the seam between my bodice and skirt about 1/4″ so that it would hide the seam but not the gathers. Make sure they line up on the back!

Then sew along the bottom and top about 1/8″ from the edge.

At this point I serged the edges of my dress in preparation for the invisible zipper!

That’s tomorrow! Tune in for that. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. This is so fun! Thank you so much for doing it!

  2. Once again – I can’t wait to get home form work so I can work on todays steps! You directions have been so easy to follow and helpful. Yesterday was the first time I have ever done any sewing with sleeves and I couldn’t be happier with how they look. Thanks!

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