cappuccino dress + tunic sew-along, day 3

We have reached the third and final day of the Cappuccino Dress + Tunic sew-along. Today we will be finishing up the dress/tunic.


Cappuccino Sewalong


It’s getting very exciting because we’re so close to the end. Off we go!

Prepare/attach the sleeve

1. For View B, sew a line of basting stitches 5/8” from the sleeve’s bottom edge, which will serve as a folding line for the sleeve hem. To prepare the sleeve for hemming, fold and press the fabric’s bottom raw edge to the basting line on the wrong side. Then fold and press again along the basting line to enclose the raw edge and create a narrow hem. Unfold the hem, keeping the creases in place for finishing the sleeve hem later.

2. For View A, pin the sleeves to the dress, with right sides together, matching the notches and edges. Stitch the sleeves with a 1/2” seam, lockstitching or backstitching at both ends. Finish the seam using your preferred method and press the seam allowances toward the sleeve.


Liesl + Co Cappuccino sew-along


Sew the side seams

1. Pin the dress/tunic front and back together at the side seams and underarm seams, with right sides facing and aligning the raw edges, notches, and hem edges. Unfold the sleeve hem (View B) and join each side seam and sleeve with one continuous 1/2” seam.


Liesl + Co Cappuccino sew-along


2. Clip the seam allowances only at the underarm curve on each side, taking care not to clip through the stitches.


Liesl + Co Cappuccino sew-along


3. Press the seam allowances open or toward the back and finish them using your preferred method.

Attach the sleeve band (View A)

1. Fold each sleeve band in half lengthwise, with right sides together, and press a crease into the center. Sew a line of basting stitches 3/8” from the sleeve band’s bottom, un-notched edge. Fold and press the fabric to the wrong side along the basting line.

2. Unfold each sleeve band’s edge and pin the short ends of the sleeve band, with right sides together and matching the short edges and notches. Stitch the short edges together with a 1/2” seam, backstitching or lockstitching at both ends. Press the seam allowances open.


Liesl + Co Cappuccion sew-along


3. Pin the sleeve band’s long notched edges to the sleeve’s raw edge, with right sides together, matching the seams and notches. Stitch the band in place with a 1/2” seam, backstitching or lockstitching at each end of the seam. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4” and press the sleeve band and remaining seam allowances away from the sleeve. Repeat to attach the second sleeve band and sleeve.


Liesl + Co Cappuccion sew-along


4. Fold the band along the center crease and pin the folded edge to cover the stitching line from Step 3, pinning from the right side of the sleeve. Edgestitch the seam to finish the sleeve band, catching the folded edge in the seam.


Liesl + Co Cappuccion sew-along


Liesl + Co Cappuccino sew-along


Finish the dress/tunic

To hem the dress/tunic, sew a line of basting stitches 5/8” from the garment’s bottom raw edge, which will become the fold line for its hem. Fold and press the fabric’s bottom raw edge to the basting line on the wrong side. Then fold and press again along the basting line to enclose the raw edge and edge stitch the innermost fold to create a narrow hem.


Liesl + Co Cappuccino Tunic


You are done! Thank you for joining us during the sew-along. We do hope you will add photos of your completed Cappuccino dresses and tunics to the Liesl + Co Flickr group, we would love to see what you’ve created.


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  1. Sarah Helene

    I’VE NO time for sewing this pattern now. However, this 3-day sew-along is so detailed for a truly classic pattern, THANKS. LOVE both fabrics you’ve shown. I’m anxious to view photos of Cappuccino dresses and tunics sewn at Liesl + Co Flickr group. Sarah in Minneapolis

  2. Libby Lee

    I haven’t made this yet, but intend to soon. I was so sad to miss buying the Portfolio dress, so I’m delighted you have produced this lovely similar version. Will it be produced as a paper pattern? Libby UK

    1. Libby, yes, it will be released in paper this fall.

  3. Libby Lee

    Brilliant! Thank you

  4. This is a favorite of mine. I have made 3 so far! My most recent was in a super soft rayon challis. Now that I have read this post I have to make one like the image with the pleats. I think I know how to hack it to get that look!!!

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