Step 1: Position Piece #2-Back with center back seam 1/2" over fold. This eliminates the center back seam, which is often used for fitting clothes constructed from woven fabric.
Step 2: Cut Piece #2. Use safety pins to baste neck pleats. Set aside.
Step 3: Position Piece #1-Front with center front cut line 1/2" over fabric fold. Cut around pattern piece.
Step 4: Use scissors to clip from center front neck to 1/4" diameter circle.
Step 5: Mark and pin neck pleats. Set aside.
Step 6: Cut two rectangles of fabric at least 11" on each side. Use iron to apply Pellon EK 130 Easy Knit Interfacing to wrong sides.
Step 7: Cut a 10"-11" circle from one of the rectangles, then cut a 6" concentric circle from the same piece, creating a ring shape.
A fancy cutting guide like this works great, but tracing around dinner plates will also accomplish the task.
Step 8: Open the ring by using scissors to create two rounded edges.
Step 9: Place right side of open ring onto right side of rectangle. Pin and serge, leaving opening to turn.
Step 10: Turn collar right sides out, press and top stitch all around.
Step 11: Fuse interfacing around arm holes and neck line of front and back pieces. Turn under fused areas and top stitch.
Step 12: Starting at underarms, serge each side seam.
Step 13: Try on dress or pin dress to dress form. Pin collar to top of dress. Top stitch where collar meets top of dress. Sew button.
Step 14: Press up hem; top stitch and trim.
Supplies: Raglan sleeve dress pattern, approximately 3 yards knit fabric, approximately 1 yard fusible knit interfacing, button.