My class is all about learning; so what if every book you ever read says something different. Right?
My instructor provided some guidelines. Always so a dart from the point in. Always backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam. Put in the sleeve prior to joining either the sides of the bodice and the sides of the sleeve. These are all new to me and I am giving them a try with this dress. We also have certain directions to sew: for example from the bust point up and then from the bust point down. Never heard of this either.
I will be honest that starting the dart at the point is not as simple as the other way around. I also had to restrain myself from sewing up the sides of the bodice. It just looks so unfinished this way. But here's the front and back with the facings in
I am glad I am using an “easy’ pattern to give these techniques a try! Trying to figure out a pattern while trying to remember to do many steps differently from what I have done before would just give me a headache! I have enough trouble trying to keep my furry helper under control.