1. Make the button loops. To do this take piece 8, the long small piece and cut it in half so you have two 6"ish sized rectangles. You can discard one of the strips.
2. Sew down the side of the strip. If you have a loop turner you can sew very close to the fold. If not sew as far apart to the fold as the size of a safety pin.
3. Trim the excess allowance.
4. If you have a loop turner thread it through the casing. Hook it to the end and pull it through so that the casing is right side out. If you don't have a loop turner, hook a safety pin through the side of one end and thread it through the casing, turning it right side out.
5. Cut into loops and sew it to the right side of your right bodice with the loop facing away from the straight edge. Sew them to the bodice according to the pattern.
6. Sew the front bodice facings to the back bodice facings, right sides together at the shoulder seams.
7. Since we are making this into a dress rather than separates we will be sewing a zipper into the back, therefore we will not be sewing button loops and buttons into the back. So take your back facing and cut off the bottom as show in the pic to your left.
8. Sew facing to bodice front and bodice back, right sides together, doing your best to match shoulder seams.
9. Clip curves.
10. Turn right side out and iron flat.
11. Sew your side pieces to the back piece right sides together.
12. Iron a fold into the outside edge of the peplum, including the shorter edges.
13. Fold over again and sew down. Iron flat.
14. Pin the peplum to the bodice, right sides together with the hemmed seam up toward the neckline.
15. Take the bottom of the front bodice facing and turn it wrong side out so that it covers the peplum.
16. Sew across the bottom of the bodice catching the facing, the peplum and the bodice.
17. Since we are sewing in a zipper cut the back of the peplum where it ends at the back of the bodice.
18. Turn facing and peplum right side out and iron seams down. Repeat steps 14 to 18 for the other bodice side.
19. Place your front bodice pieces side by side and mark where your button should be.
20. Sew in your buttons and hook onto button loops.
DONE FOR TODAY! If you have any questions please leave them in the comments and I will try to address them.
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