Today we’re sewing up our bodice! I am sewing up the ruched bodice, but you can sew up the solid bodice instead if you prefer. Your steps will just look a bit different.
Don’t forget your clear elastic! We all love to take shortcuts sometimes, but the elastic in the neckline for Morgan is not one of them!! You can use 1/4″ or 3/8″ – either will work. For additional tips on attaching your elastic to the neckline and to the waist seam, be sure to check out the written tutorial. These tips are listed before “step 1” in your pattern!
If you’re sewing up the ruched bodice, you will need:
- two ties
- two front bodice pieces (cut on fold – one main, one lining)
- two back bodice pieces (cut on fold – one main, one lining)
- clear elastic
Next, go ahead and print your pattern. Be sure to print a test page and measure your 1″ square before you print the whole pattern. Once you’ve got your pattern pieces printed and assembled, go ahead and cut out your fabric so you are all ready for day 2. Remember that even if your pattern is only off by 1/16″, that’s 1/16″ PER INCH, not total. Definitely reprint if you notice your test square is off!
First, sew up your ties. You’ll create two tubes with 1/4″ seam allowance. After creating your ties, you’ll sew both front and back necklines, and create two casings on your front bodice. Be sure to add clear elastic to both front AND back neckline! You will want the extra stability and structure.
- Make sure you are taking an accurate and consistent seam allowance; seam allowance is already included on all pattern pieces. For this pattern, seam allowances DO vary! Everything but our side seams today will have 1/4″ seam allowance; the side seams will call for 1/2″ seam allowance.
- To attach the clear elastic, I used a wide zig zag stitch (3.5 w, 3 L); you can also attach with a serger if you prefer; just be sure not to cut any of the elastic off.
- DO NOT stretch your clear elastic while attaching to your neckline.
- Exercise your elastic prior to attaching/sewing it.
Want to sew along with me? Check out today’s video!
If you have questions about measuring yourself, printing, putting your pattern together, or cutting your fabric, 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 2: BODICE
DAY 3: SLEEVES
DAY 4: BAND
DAY 5: SKIRT
DAY 6: HEM