Thursday, January 22, 2015

Operation Smile Gowns

Here are some very rough instructions for sewing the gowns for Operation Smile.
  • Whether using a serger or a sewing machine, please sew 1/2" seams and 1/4" hems.  A serger can be used on everything except sewing the neck ties and back ties.
  • With right sides facing, sew shoulder seams.
  • Hem sleeves.
  • Sew side seams.
  • Make 4-5 clips in the armpits so that they won't pucker when turned right side out.

  • Hem back openings and bottom edge.  If the back edge is cut on the selvage, feel free to make the hem bigger than 1/4" so that the selvage doesn't show on the right side.  Make the hem on the other side match.
  • Line up center of 48" bias tape with center of front of gown.
  • Fold bias tape over edge of gown neck.
  • Pin to hold in place while sewing.
  • Zig zag from one end of the neck tie to the other end, making sure the gown does not slip out from between the bias tape.
  • Sew the back ties into place, about 8" down from the neckline.
Voila!  You're done!  Wasn't that fun?!

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