Marianne Dress Sew-Along: Cuffs and Buttons


Welcome to the last post for the Marianne Dress Sew-Along! If you're sewing the cuffs onto your sleeves, this is the final bit. If you are hemming the sleeves without the cuffs, or if you are making yours without the sleeves, as in View A, you're already done! So, without further ado, let's get to the last step!


You should have two cuff pieces, one for each arm. Fold each cuff piece in half, right sides together, lining up the short ends. Pin the two short ends on each cuff piece.


Sew the short ends in place, with a 3/8" seam allowance. If using a serger machine, simply sew it as you've been throughout the making of the dress. If using a conventional machine, use a stretch stitch and then trim the seam allowance down in half after stitching.


You should now have two pieces that look like the above cuffs!


Turn the cuffs right sides out and use a point turner to push out the corners until they are nice and pointy.


Use an iron to press the short ends flat. Also press the center fold in place as well, making sure the long ends of the cuff pieces stay lined up.


In the pattern instructions, I indicate to overlap the cuff pieces 1" and pin in place, then fit those circles to the end of the sleeve. You can do it this way, or this is an alternative that is even easier! First, line up the notch from the cuff at the seam on the sleeve. Pin in place, lining up the raw edges.


Roll the cuff piece around the sleeve hem, continuing to line up the raw edges and pinning in place. Stop about 2" before the notch on the sleeve on either side, opposite the seam on the sleeve, so the section around the notch is unpinned.


Making sure to place the cuff in the correct direction, continue pinning around the cuff, overlapping the excess amount of the cuff. If you didn't sew the cuff or sleeve perfectly, this may or may not be the original 1" overlap, but it doesn't really matter, as long as they overlap something close to 1" at the notch. Pin in place so that the layer on top is pointing toward the front of the dress, so when the cuff is flipped right side out, the layer on top is pointing toward the back of the dress.


Do not slip the sleeve opening over the free arm of your machine, unless it does so with lots of room to spare. You don't want it stretching while sewing! If you cannot fit it on your arm, sew it from the inside as pictured above. Like when attaching the neck binding, you will be sewing in a circle, so be careful to start into the fabric at a slight angle.


And then at the end of the stitch, be sure to meet up with your starting stitches, and turn off the stitch once the beginning and ending stitches line up perfectly at 3/8" seam allowance. If using a conventional machine, simply sew around the circle with your stretch stitch.


Press the seam allowance toward the sleeve. If you are using a conventional machine, trim the seam allowance in half prior to pressing.


Pin the overlap on the cuff in place and mark the spots for your buttons. This is completely up to you as to where they are placed. I prefer to put them directly down the center of the overlap and evenly distributed from the hem of the sleeve to the hem of the cuff. But it's up to you! I've even seen some versions where the cuff is left without buttons!


Sew your buttons through the two overlapping layers with a needle and thread, and that's it! Woo hoo! Congratulations on finishing up your Marianne Dress!

Tomorrow I will post information on how to submit your dress to me so I can feature it here on the blog! I REALLY want to see your makes, so don't be shy! Thanks for following along, I hope these posts were helpful! And don't forget, you can always find them by simply clicking the Marianne Dress Sew-Along tag on the right hand tool bar for future reference!