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Garments you can make using this technology:


  • Sewing technique of a light cocktail dress;
  • Perfect for beginners and for advanced sewers.

Skills you gain:

  • Drafting and altering the sewing pattern;
  • Sewing custom made cocktail dress;
  • Decorating the dress with drapery.

Where to use:

  • The technique in this course is perfect for making not only cocktail and evening dresses, but wedding dresses as well;
  • If you are a beginner in corset making – this is the perfect course to begin with! Understanding this technique will open the world of professional dressmaking before you!

Author: Tatiana Kozorovitsky

Total length: 3h 46m

Tutorial 22. Finishing the Bottom Edge of the Back.

Let us press the top of the back of the dress. It is really easy thanks to the clean-finished seam: everything settles down the way it should naturally.

It's time to finish the bottom of the back.

I have already serged the bottom edge of the face part of the back.

Now I need to compare the side seam configuration of the front and the back and adjust the bottom edge of the back after the bottom edge of the front. How do I do it?

I put the face and the lining together face to face. I recommend you should do it from each side of the dress.

I align the hip-line notches of the front and the back, spread the back, and make a notch to mark the level of the bottom edge of the front. 

And then I do the same with the other half of the dress. Compare the lengths of both halves just to double check it.

The seam allowance at the bottom of the back near the side seam is 3cm just as was planned. I narrow it down to 2cm near the slit. I fold the seam allowance along the bottom edge of the back and secure it by pressing.

I overlay the back with the lining.

We want the lining to reach down right to the level of the hem fold line. Since the lining is rather thick, I am not going to hem it properly. I will simply trim the bottom edge and serge it without turning it.

Our current task is to trim the bottom edge of the lining of the back with account for the hem seam allowance of the main part of the back.

I align the hip line notches on the side seams of the main piece and the lining of the back, find the bottom edge, and make a notch at the level of the hem fold line on the main piece.

What concerns the slit, I suggest a slightly different solution. I purposely shift the notch that marks the slit on the lining 0.5cm upwards as compared to the notch of the slit on the main piece of the back in order to prevent the lining from pulling the main piece upwards. This makes the lining slightly shorter. I will now take this 0.5cm in account and adjust the length of the lining correspondingly. I make a notch at the bottom of the slit.

This is how much of the lining needs to be trimmed.

I do the same with the other half of the back. I align the hip-line notches, fold the hem, and make a notch. Next, I find the notch that marks the slit, shift the lining 0.5cm upwards against it, and determine the level at which it needs to be trimmed. I make a notch.

I put the two halves of the lining together. The notches at the bottom are aligned perfectly! I connect the notches with a line and trim both halves of the lining simultaneously. Don't forget to restore the bar tacks at the bottom of the princess seams.

I add a strap of fusible web at the bottom of the main back piece. I leave the paper backing on for now.

I press the back.

It looks like this with the bottom edge finished. Now I only need to serge the edges of the lining.

Dress sewing patterns in PDF format.

To print the sewing patterns open the file, press “print” and choose “PRINT IN ACTUAL SIZE”. Then connect the part the way it is shown in the course.

Sewing pattern of the cocktail dress

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