Felix Sew-Along: Sleeveless

Today we’ll be using a bias facing to finish the armholes of the sleeveless version of the Felix Dress. If you’ve done this before or followed our flat bias facings tutorial you’re probably an old pro. If this is the case, just make a note that the seam allowance for attaching the bias facing to the armhole is not the standard 1/4″ we usually use, but 1/2″ instead. If you’re here for the entire tutorial, let’s get started.

Felix Sew-Along: Sleeveless | Grainline Studio

To begin, fold the bias strips so that the wrong sides are facing out and the short ends meet. Stitch across the seam line at 1/4″.

Felix Sew-Along: Sleeveless | Grainline Studio

Press the seam allowances open.

Felix Sew-Along: Sleeveless | Grainline Studio

Pin the bias facing to the dress with the right sides of the dress and bias facing together.

Felix Sew-Along: Sleeveless | Grainline Studio

Sew the facing and armhole together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Felix Sew-Along: Sleeveless | Grainline Studio

Trim the entire seam allowance down to 1/4″.
Felix Sew-Along: Sleeveless | Grainline Studio

Grade the seam allowance of the bias facing further by trimming it in half.

Felix Sew-Along: Sleeveless | Grainline Studio

Clip into the seam allowance to, but not through, the stitching line approximately every 1/2 – 3/4″.

Felix Sew-Along: Sleeveless | Grainline Studio

Press the facing and seam allowance away from the bodice.

Felix Sew-Along: Sleeveless | Grainline Studio

Understitch along the seam line through the bias facing and all layers of the seam allowance. This will help the seam line to turn to the inside of the garment in the next step.

Felix Sew-Along: Sleeveless | Grainline Studio

Press the bias facing to the inside of the garment making sure that the seam line rolls to the inside slightly as well.

Felix Sew-Along: Sleeveless | Grainline Studio

Fold the raw edge of the bias under to and press. Do this around the entire circumference of the garment.

Felix Sew-Along: Sleeveless | Grainline Studio

Stitch along the edge of the bias that you just folded under to anchor the bias facing in place. Repeat these steps for the other armhole and give both a final press.

We’re all set for the last installment of the Felix Sew-Along, hemming! We’ll see you back here for that and if you have any q’s let us know below.

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4 replies on “Felix Sew-Along: Sleeveless

  • Kristina

    I just happened to find this in my inbox. Not sure how I initiated the request but found the pix of binding so great. Have sewed for over 60 years but have gotten away from it. You have motivated me to start sewing the very simple and flattering dresses/tops I love. Loose and body skimming. I love many of the Eileen Fisher garments but find the prices outrageous. Another think that slowed down my love for sewing was the dearth of nice fabrics to look at and feel. Mail order an option but I need check out the “hand”.
    If you have any patterns for a simple short sleeved dress that is figure flattering please let me know. I have been looking for a boxy top pattern with enough shoulder overhand to cover a bit of upper arm for a year now. Eileen F. had them last season and they were 130$!!!!

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