Day 3 is live! Today we’re going to construct our front bottoms, and our back pieces. For reference, I am sewing up the solid back and will be doing the burrito roll method in the video. If you’re doing the cut out back, or the exposed seam option, your steps will look a bit different.
Don’t be too intimidated by the burrito roll method! It gets easier with practice, and will also make a bit more sense as you do it, instead of just reading the steps in the written tutorial.
First, we’ll need to construct the front bottom pieces. Baste the two together, then attach the waist elastic.
NOTE: You can use a zig zag stitch, stretch stitch, or your serger. If you use a serger, do not cut any elastic off. If you use a sewing machine, make sure that your zig zag stitches do not go across the entire width of the elastic. I used a zig zag stitch (3.5 W, 3 L) to attach mine.
OPTIONAL: Understitch your elastic on the lining side, OR top stitch your bottoms. Next, you’ll need to baste the side seams of the bottoms (with wrong sides together.
Attach your front bodice pieces to your bottoms, being sure to match up the notches. After this step, the front bodice pieces and bottoms will be treated as one whole piece.
Next comes the tricky part, although I promise it is doable! If you’re doing the burrito roll method to full enclose your seams, you can follow along in today’s video. If you’re doing a cut-out back and/or exposed seams, be sure to check the written tutorial for your next steps.
- Make sure you are taking an accurate and consistent seam allowance; seam allowance is already included on all pattern pieces. It *does* vary throughout this pattern
- Remove basting stitches when you finish up
- For reference, I’m sewing a youth version with optional flutters and a solid back. In the videos this week, the lemon fabric will be my main fabric, and the floral fabric will be my lining.
Want to sew along with me? Check out today’s video!
If you have questions about constructing your bottoms or back bodice, you are always welcome to post in our SAL group so we can help you! Be sure to check in each day during the SAL, and look for daily posts to enter our giveaways. We can’t wait to see what you create this week!
DAY 3: BOTTOMS
DAY 4: CROTCH SEAM + STRAPS
DAY 5: NECKLINE + FRONT BODICE CASING
DAY 6: LEG ELASTIC
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