Today is Day 2 of our Vivienne & Dylan sew-a-long! You’ll notice that the steps vary depending on which pattern you’re sewing up, since construction is slightly different.
Working on Vivienne? Today’s step is quick and easy! We are going to attach clear elastic to the bottom of the bodice pieces. The elastic will get stitched to the right side of the bodice pieces, but will be enclosed in the waist seam when we attach the skirt pieces!
The clear elastic helps stabilize the waist, and gives a more professional finish. You *can* construct your Vivienne without the elastic; just be aware it may appear wavier, less stable, etc. at the waist seam.
Working on Dylan? Today’s step is attaching the side panels to the bodice pieces. You’ll sew up four seams in total. Not bad for a day’s work 🙂
Note – If you’re following a specific hack, your steps may vary!
- Make sure you are taking an accurate and consistent seam allowance!
- “Exercise” your elastic before attaching
- DO NOT stretch your elastic while you are attaching to your bodice pieces!
- Be sure to attach with a zig-zag stitch; if you try to attach with a regular straight stitch, you will lose a lot of the stretch in the elastic/bodice and will likely hear stitches popping
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!
VIVIENNE / DYLAN
DAY 2: PREPPING BODICE / SIDE PANELS
DAY 3: GATHERING & ATTACHING SKIRT TO BODICE / SHOULDER SEAM
DAY 4: SIDE PANELS & SHOULDER SEAM / SLEEVES
DAY 5: BINDING / NECKBAND
DAY 6: HEMMING + OPTIONAL POCKETS / HEMMING
DAY 7: WINNERS ANNOUNCED
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