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Darling Ranges dress sewalong: sleeveless version

how to make a sleeveless Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryI really love making sleeveless versions of Darling Ranges! Both as a blouse or a dress, it creates a whole new look. I know sleeves aren’t a lot of work  – but sometimes leaving them off just feels fast, you know? hehe.

We’ll use the provided bias strip pattern to create facings.

Ok, heres how.

 

how to make a sleeveless Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to make a sleeveless Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryFirst things first, lets make a small adjustment to the pattern pieces. To make sure it doesn’t expand past your shoulder, you should shorten the shoulder on both the front and the back patterns. How much you take it in is up to you. I took mine in by 1/2″.

Mark your point on the shoulder seam, and then use a french curve or other curved ruler to blend into the underarm.

how to make a sleeveless Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to make a sleeveless Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to make a sleeveless Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary Ok, so like I said, we’ll be using bias facing to finish the armholes. You can use store bought bias tape, but I’ll show you how to use the provided bias strip pattern piece, just like with the neckline.

It’s the same process. Cut a few extra strips, place together at a right angle, right sides together, and sew diagonally. Trim.

how to make a sleeveless Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to make a sleeveless Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryFold your bias strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. Fold one end in about 1/4′ and press.

how to make a sleeveless Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to make a sleeveless Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryBegin pinning the bias facing to the right side of the armhole, starting with the folded in end, and matching up the raw edges.  Pin all the way round.

When you get all of the way around, overlap by atlas 1/2” and trim the excess.

how to make a sleeveless Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiarySew 1/4″ from the raw edge of the armhole. Trim and notch the seam allowance. I like to do this with pinking shears – trim and notch at the same time!
how to make a sleeveless Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to make a sleeveless Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary
This step isn’t 100% necessary, but I highly recommend not skipping it. Understitch the bias facing close to the seam. This prevents it from rolling to the outside after the next step.
how to make a sleeveless Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryFold the bias tape inwards towards the inside of the garment, so that you are encasing the raw edges. Press the seam, then pin and sew close to the edge.
how to make a sleeveless Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary Iron again (because we just LOVE ironing so gosh darned much) and you’re done!
how to make a sleeveless Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

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Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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[…] Anna went ahead and made a really gorgeous sleeveless version of the Darling Ranges. I love how this dress just looks so different without the sleeves! Remember, if you want to make a sleeveless version of this dress you can follow the directions in this tutorial. […]

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Sarah
Sarah
9 years ago

Going to try this! I love it!

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Vernelle
9 years ago

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.

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