Darling Ranges dress sewalong: sleeveless version

I really love making sleeveless versions of this dress! I know sleeves aren’t a lot of work  – but sometimes leaving them off just feels fast, you know? hehe

The dress is drafted with a slightly narrower than usual shoulder width to make it a bit easier to simply leave off the sleeves.

We’ll be using bias tape to make it even easier. Here’s how!

The idea for this is very similar to what we did with the placket last week. Start with your single fold bias tape, and iron one of the folds flat. After you’ve ironed it should look like the piece on the left in the picture above.

Begin pinning the unfolded edge of the bias tape to the raw edge of the armhole. The right side of the bias tape should be facing the right side of the dress.  Pin all the way round. With respect to finishing the raw edges of the bias tape where the two ends meet, you have 2 options

  1. You can measure the armhole and add on seam allowance (5/8 + 5/8) – then cut your bias tape to be this length. Then sew the 2 ends together with a 5/8″ seam width and then pin your circle to the armhole.
  2. If like me you find method 1 a pain (sue me, hehe), then you can cheat a little, and when you begin pinning, fold the raw edge of the bias tape on top (as shown in the above photo). then when you finish up the raw edges will be enclosed.
Sew 1/4″ from the raw edge of the armhole (this should be in the “gutter” of the bias edge that you ironed flat in the first step)
Fold the bias tape inwards towards the inside of the dress, so that you are encasing the raw edges. Press the seam, then pin and sew just under 1/4″ from the edge of the bias tape (which is just under 1/2″ from the edge of the finished armhole).
Iron again (because we just LOVE ironing so gosh darned much) and you’re done!

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  1. says

    Bias tape is possibly one of the most essential things you can add to your sewing room. It can be used for so many things! Perfect way to skip facings when changing the look of a top or dress. Holds the shape of a neckline or armseye perfectly.