Along the other long side of the ruffle strip, ruffle fabric. I do this by setting my stitch length to 5.0 and upping the tension to high. Then your machine will automatically ruffle as you sew. Leave a few inches of thread at each end (no backstitching!) so you can adjust ruffle to be the same length as the dress piece, as shown below.
Pin ruffle to bottom edge of dress with raw edges aligned as shown below. Sew with a 1/2 inch seam. Serge or zig zag.
Fold your dress in half and measure to find the front center (subtract 1/2″ allowance from the open side before finding center). Mark with a pin as shown. This is where we’ll sew a large button hole.
I actually ended up making the button hole a bit larger after this. I set my button hole foot to the largest button size. We’ll be pulling the straps through this hole so you want it big enough to accomodate the fabric of the straps.
Fold dress in half with right side together and raw edges aligned. Pin and sew with a 1/2″ seam. Serge or zigzag.
With a 1/4″ seam, sew raw edge of long side and angled short side closed. Leave the other short end open for turning. Turn, press, and topstitch. Serge or zigzag the straight short end.
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