Sewing the strappy dress: finishing touches.

Today we finish sewing your Strappy dress! If you’ve missed some of the previous posts on this subject, here are the links to all of them:

A word about bias
Front pleats
Bust darts and french seams
Neckline and straps

We are about to put some finishing touches to your dress: finish the straps, centre front and sew the hem.


The ends of the straps need to be finished for the View B only. I usually just fold the end of the strap twice (about 0.5-0.6 cm each fold) and sew the fold to the strap as close to the edge of the fold as possible.

Sometimes it helps to press the folds using a piece of cardboard (for a sharper crease) and a clapper (to make the fold thinner). But you can achieve a decent result without any tools whatsoever.

finished straps

The next step is optional. When I wear a garment with tie straps, the biggest annoyance for me is having to tie the straps (funny that). I just can never guess where the knot should be and how long the straps have to be.

To take the guesswork out of it, I now simply stitch the straps together at the correct length and then tie them up. Just a short seam across both straps will do the trick.

Cross straps

Decorative straps need some love too. To make them stay flat, I stitch them down to the bias as shown on the photo. Neat and quick, this step will ensure your garment looks properly finished.

finished decorative straps


The centre front can be left as is, if you prefer, but I like it with a small angle – it flares the pleats out nicely and creates a neckline accent. To do this, I pinch the neckline bias at the centre front and stitch on an angle, catching bias only.


And finally, the hem. On the Strappy dress the hem is narrow and neat. To sew it, I first fold 0.5 cm up and sew close to the fold. Then I trim seam allowance to 0.3 cm and fold 0.5 cm again.

After this I sew the second fold down, trying to aim for the previous row of stitches. this way you can control the fullness of the hem and avoid roping. If you like, you can also sew this hem using a rolled hem foot.

And voila! You are finished. Give your work a good press and enjoy your brand new dress.


Lena Merrin
Lena Merrin

A dressmaker of many years, I enjoy drafting patterns and create custom garments.