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Sew the Siahra dress along with us! This midi-length dress has an empire waist, adjustable straps, and a clever casing creates a gathered neckline. The front is finished with a facing, and the underarms and back neckline are finished with single-fold bias tape.

In this class, you’ll learn:

  • How to pick the right fabric

  • Tips for gathering

  • How to attach single fold bias tape

  • How to make the adjustable bra straps

  • Plus, see each step from the instructions in action


Hi everyone! I’m Sienna the content producer here at Seamwork. Each month in the Seamwork Classroom we have a new sewalong class and this month we’re sewing the Siahra dress. Let’s take a look at this pattern and talk about all the cool skills you’ll pick up in this class.

Siahra is a midi length, empire waist dress with a gathered neckline. It has 1/2 inch adjustable straps, the back neckline and armholes are finished with single fold bias tape, and a casing creates the gathers at the front neckline.

Siahra is great if you’re newer to sewing but ready to learn some fun new skills like creating adjustable straps, attaching bias tape, and creating gathers.

In this sewalong class we’ll help you select your fabric, gather supplies and helpful tools, and sew each step including tricky parts like attaching single fold bias tape, creating even gathers, and using strap rings and sliders.

The best thing about this class is you’re not in it alone! You can connect with other sewists in the Seamwork community and chat about choosing fabric, selecting a size, and sewing up your Siahra dress. It’s a great place to ask questions and cheer on each other’s makes!

In the next lesson, I’m going to pass things over to Haley who designed the pattern. She’ll talk about what fabrics will work best with this pattern and share what fabrics she used in the photo samples. Let’s get started!

Siahra Empire Waist Dress Sewalong

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

  • Siahra pattern

  • All-purpose polyester sewing thread

  • Sewing machine needle

  • Two 1/2” (10 mm) bra slides

  • Two 1/2” (10 mm) bra rings

  • 1 3/8 yards (1.2 meters) of 1/2” (10 mm) single fold bias tape

  • Small safety pin

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