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
- 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.
- 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.