Seam Finishes - Mindil Beach Dress Sew Along Part 2


Hi Everyone! 

    This week we will continue to work our way through the sew-along for the Mindil Beach Dress. We all work at a different pace and have different time allotments dedicated to sewing. This is a time to slow down a bit and work together to finish up this fun project! If you're finished, I'd love to see your dress and hear your thoughts, tips, or trouble spots that may have challenged you. Your feedback will be invaluable to the group and will likely help someone who is still working on their project!

    I've seen a few finished dresses pop up on Facebook, which has been exciting! If you haven't shared yours yet, please do! If you aren't finished yet - that's perfectly fine! I'd love to see where you're at in the process. Do you have questions? Please ask them.  

    Do you have ideas for ways to hack this pattern - I'd love to hear them (or see them!) One of my favorite things about sewing and designing is tweaking and modifying designs to create something a little bit different. Could this dress have different sleeves, a higher neckline, a longer skirt length, an alternate back opening finish like buttons and loops? So many things to think about and so many great ideas to create something a little bit different each time! 

    I'd love to see what you've accomplished!  

    I'm adding a video this week to show a cute alternative for this dress. The sleeveless variation is a fun and easy hack - perfect for warmer summer days! If you've already sewn up the original design, I'd encourage you to try this alternative as well!


    Watch the video below to see how to sew the sleeveless variation - Begin watching at 3:25:



    Still working on sewing the original design? Here are those videos too:




    Patterns Used For this Topic:

    Liberty Jane Mindil Beach Dress (for the sew along)

      Week two task:

      • Follow along and let's sew the Mindil Beach Dress!
      • Jump over the SWC Facebook Group for conversation and project sharing.

      Supplies Needed:

      • - 1/3 yard fashion fabric
      • - 9" x 11" piece lining fabric
      • - Eight 1/4" buttons Like These
      • - Ten 1/4" (or smaller) eyelets - Like These
      • - 18" piece of narrow cording or twill tape
      • - 3.5" piece of 1/8" wide elastic
      • - iron & pressing board
      • - Thread
      • - Hand sewing needle
      • - Eyelet setting tool such as a Crop-o-dile

      Suggested Fabrics: Lightweight woven cotton, rayon challis, shirting cotton, lawn, and silky poly/ blends.

      Added Bonus: This dress is perfect for using the Button Sew ON Foot, so I've also included a few other SWC videos that show how to use this to sew the buttons on the dress front by machine :)




      Next week we will look at a sewing a french seam and how to incorporate that into an existing pattern design.


      candy Johnson
      candy Johnson

      May 09, 2019

      Reference Mindil dress sew along part 3. 1. did you hand sew the hem? 2. what size eyelets did you use? Love the pattern. Thanks


      April 25, 2019

      I ’m with Bettie Barnes!

      Bettie Barnes
      Bettie Barnes

      April 23, 2019

      The videos really helped me sew the back portion of the dress. I tried previously but finally threw those away. I’m a visual learner and pictures help. This is a really cute pattern and I wanted to get it right.

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