Hey hey time to do some sewing!
Today we’re putting the bodice together – nothing too strenuous! We’ll be sewing the darts, and the side and shoulder seams.
Ready set go!
I know sometimes transferring a dart from the pattern to the fabric can be a pain. I’m sure there are lots of great methods – but here is my favourite.
I start with my awl, a piece of thick cardboard and the pattern – and i make a nice big hole in the tip of the dart.
Then I lay the pattern over the cut fabric, and pop a pin through the hole i just made, and more marker pins at the end of the dart legs.
Fold the dart in half along the fold line, match up the dart legs, and repin. Then sew! Press those darts down.
~ Another method i used to use was to cut along the dart legs (on the paper pattern only!) and then draw them on the fabric with tailors chalk through the pattern. Anyone have an alternate method? I’d love to hear it!
If you decided to add darts to your back bodice piece using last weeks tutorial, then construct them in the same method as you did for the side darts, then press. Don’t forget, you don’t need to add darts to the back as we’re going to be adding ties later, it’s just an optional extra.
Now attaching the front and back pieces should be relatively straight forward.
Lay your back piece with right sides facing upwards, lay your front bodice pieces with right sides facing downwards, match up the side and shoulder seams and sew!
Lastly, don’t forget to neaten your raw edges and then press your seams. If you neatened each edge separately, then press your seams open. If you used say a serger/overlocker to neaten each seam in one go, then press your seams to the back of the dress.
See you tomorrow to tackle the skirt & pockets!