This post is part of a month long series called 'Pattern Makeover Month.' I took a simple pattern (The Sweet Dress by Leila and Ben) and 'made-it-over' into many different styles. For more information, go here.
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What could possibly be better than a new dress?
Why, TWO new dresses, of course!
To make the Sweet Dress reversible is quite easy. One of your fabrics will show on both sides and the other will only show on one side.
Cut the fabric that will show on both sides as directed on the pattern. With the other fabric, cut the neckline down 3/4 inch for the main dress pieces. For the sleeves, cut 3/4 inch down from the top of the sleeve and from the hemline of the sleeve. Iron as directed for the first fabric. There is no need to iron the second fabric.
Sew each dress together as directed in the pattern until just before your create the casings (do not hem). Place the dresses together with the wrong sides facing and the ironed dress on the outside.
Pin the dresses together at the underarm seam and both sleeve seams on each side, matching the seams. Fold the casings over as directed, with the second fabric tucked into the casing. As you stitch each casing, it should catch your second fabric as well. Finish the casings as directed.
Once you have the casings finished, press the dresses to make sure your hemlines are exactly even. If they don't match exactly, trim them to match. Iron both hemlines under 1/4 inch. If you want lace, attach it to one of sides on the 1/4 inch turn-under. Then stitch the two layers together, with the lace in between.