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Darling Ranges Sewalong | Constructing the Bodice

Constructing the Darling Ranges bodice

Hey hey, time to do some sewing! Today we’ll be constructing the bodice of your Darling Ranges – 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. There are lots of great methods – but here is my favourite.

how to do the darts and bodice seams on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to do the darts and bodice seams on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryI start with my awl, a cutting mat or piece of thick cardboard and the pattern – and I make a nice big hole in the tip of the dart.

how to do the darts and bodice seams on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryhow to do the darts and bodice seams on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryThen 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.

how to do the darts and bodice seams on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryhow to do the darts and bodice seams on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryhow to do the darts and bodice seams on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryFold the dart in half along the fold line, match up the dart legs, and repin. Then sew! Press those darts toward the sides.

~ You can check out this post here for more dart transfer methods and some other tips and tricks!

~ If you decided to add darts to your back bodice piece using last week’s 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.

how to do the darts and bodice seams on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to do the darts and bodice seams on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to do the darts and bodice seams on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryNow, attaching the front and back pieces should be relatively straightforward. 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.


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About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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molly bermea
molly bermea
10 years ago

ah! I haven’t even had a chance to pick out my dummy fabric (muslim) yet. lol life has been a little hectic. I was and still am super happy about the sew-along though. I am excited to be able to reference these posts…. maybe I’ll be better prepared next time.

It’s hard with work and the kids to fit in sewing, plus holiday and birthdays this month. But I AM determined to sew a couple of these (if I like the fit) in variations for the summer. DETERMINED. Megan I have to say that your newsletters, the artwork, the pattern packet (wow!) and instruction booklet are my fast favorite for inspirational sewing. Between you and Colette Sewing…

Thanks for so much inspiration and hardcore detail instruction. :) It makes a non-pattern-sewer like me feel more confident. I’m usually just making things up. ;) I am determined to be able to properly use a pattern. lol

So thanks times 10! – molly

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Meg
10 years ago
Reply to  molly bermea

Molly you are so welcome!! I’m so glad you are finding the tutorials helpful! I totally understand the crazyness of trying to fit in sewing time with kids :) hehe it’s the story of my life! The good news is the tutorials will still be here when you get a chance to sew! XOXO

Clarissa
Clarissa
10 years ago

Feeling so sad. The end of my school semester is proving too difficult to add a sew a long into the mix. Looking forward to the end of the month when I can sew again.

Meg
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Meg
10 years ago
Reply to  Clarissa

Don’t worry Clarissa! The posts will still be here at the end of the month – so you can go through them at your leisure :) I hope everything goes well with the rest of the school term! xoxo

Laurie
Laurie
10 years ago

Received my pattern this week and I am so excited to get going with this dress! I bought some beautiful silk (which I’ve never worked with before) to use but have started with a toile first. All this weekend ive been trying to change the darts into princess seams that extend from the arm scythe down to the bottom of the bodice. So far it seems that I’ve changed the shape of the lower bodice in the process of absorbing the dart and redrafting the seam. Do you have any advice for making this change? I’ve never done anything like this before so I’m a bit out of my depth. :)

Thanks for the opportunity to sew-along!

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