Hey everyone, it’s Holly here! Ready to kick off another sewalong with you! Is anyone else really excited about the newly updated Sudley pattern?! Not only is it now available in the extended size range, but there have been some updates to the pattern as well. So for this sewalong, I will be walking you through this updated version, but a lot still applies to the old version, as well!
Today we will start pretty easy, covering the ties and shoulder seams for all views. So let’s just dive in!
Place your front and back bodice pieces together with right sides together.
Line up the raw edges of the shoulder seams and sew 5/8″ from the raw edges.
Finish your raw edges with your preferred method and press the seams either open or towards one side.
Now set your bodice aside.
Fold ties in half width ways with right sides together, pinning in place if necessary.
There are two ways to sew/flip your ties.
Option 1 – sew 1/4″ from the raw edge. First along one short end, pivot at the corner, and then continue along the long edge. Leave the other short end open.
Clip the corner of the stitched short end, and trim back the seam allowance.
Using a knitting needle or something similar, turn the ties the right way around.
Option 2– sew 1/4″ from the raw edge along the long end only, leaving both short ends open.
Use a loop turner or safety pin attached to one end to turn the ties the right way around.
This method is a bit easier if you aren’t familiar with turning thin ties/straps.
You can finish the one raw, open short end by folding it over (once or twice) and stitching…
… and/or tying the end in a knot.
Place the keyhole side of your bodice in front of you with right side facing out.
Line up the raw edge of your ties along the raw edge of the keyhole, so that the ties sit just over 1/4″ down from the raw edge of the neckline.
Baste in place 1/4″ away from the raw edge.
LOOKING FOR MORE SUDLEY POSTS?
Here’s the full list of Sudley posts and tutorials:
- Pattern Tester Round-up
- Ties and Shoulder Seams (this post!)
- Bias Facing (Views A, B, D)
- Sleeves and Side Seams
- Bodice Lining (View C)
- Skirt (View C)
Here are a couple of posts you also might find useful:
- 5 Tips to Sewing a Perfect Rounded Collar
- How to Finish the Sudley Keyhole & Neckline with a Bias Facing