Alice Sew Along - Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of the Alice Pleated Dress Sew Along.  If you missed them, check out Day 1, Day 2, & Day 3.

Alice Sew Along Day 4

Adding Pockets

Today should be a little simpler than yesterday. Today we prepare the skirt. The first step to doing this is to add the pockets. Do make sure you don't skip the step of finishing your edges. It not only looks better, but it will also give the garment more longevity. Before I figured out finishing edges (back when I was new to sewing), I had several things shred at the seams after a few washes for not finishing raw visible edges. Once you have your pockets attached, don't forget to press and understitch them! Once your pockets are added, and everything is sewn together, you should have something like this.

Creating Box Pleats

Now comes today's tricky bit: the box pleats. You should have the markings on your fabric. The trick here is to fold along the dotted line (right sides facing), making sure the solid lines match up and do a short line of basting stitches on that solid line. I started with the center pleat and worked my way out to each edge. Keep in mind that your pockets will end up in the recesses of the side pleats, effectively hiding them from plain site. Hidden pockets are so much fun! Hehe. Also, the center back will have half pleats. There are visuals in that step of the instructions that should help you there. When your basting is done, take your skirt to the ironing board and flatten those pleats out, matching the dotted line to the basted seam you created and then baste across the top of those pleats to secure them in place. You should now have a gorgeous little skirt all ready for tomorrow!

Please don't forget to share your skirts with me in the sew along album of the Bella Sunshine Designs Facebook group! If you haven't started yet, there's still time to catch up and the pattern is still available for only $6 with coupon code AliceSAL! Join me tomorrow for the joining of bodice and dress and the zipper installation, it'll be fun. ;)

Check out the schedule below, and keep in mind, it's never too late to join us if you'd like to sew along!

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