DAY 1 | Stay, Darts, Gather and Pocket
DAY 2 | BODICE/DRESS BODY
DAY 3 | Facings, Attaching Facings to the Bodice/Dress
DAY 4 | Shoulders, All-In-One Facing, Gathers
written by Joanne Yusuf
Hello and welcome back to day two of the ballet top + dress DELPY Sew Along! So far we have made some big progress with sewing some important steps to the construction of our garments.
Today we will be sewing the front and back bodice/dress pieces together at the sides, under the arms, using French Seams. We are making the dress, French Seams will only be made on side the without the slit! If you are making the top French Seams will be used on both sides.
Step 7. With wrong sides together, and matching up the notches, pin the front and back bodice together, at the sides only, from the under arm down. Sew at 1cm (⅜”) from the edge, then trim the seam allowance to 3mm (⅛”). Press the seam flat, then press it again open.
Step 8. Turn the bodice/dress inside out, so that right sides are together, and give it one more good press at the seams, so that the seams are at the very edge. With right sides still together, sew 0.5 cm (¼”) from the edge. Press the seam toward the back. You’ve just done French seams!
If you are sewing the top version, go ahead and follow steps 7 and 8 again for the other side. If sewing the DRESS please move onto steps 9 and 10.
Step 9. DRESS ONLY - With right sides still together, match notches and pin the front dress to the back dress on the side with the rounded corner and slit, from under the arm to the notch just above the curve. Sew at 1.5 cm (⅝”) seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to 1 cm (⅜”). Press seam open.
Note- I cut my seam allowance a little too close to the seam, be sure to give yourself some seam allowance as you will be folding the raw edges in, you need some fabric to work with!
Step 10. From the top of the seam you’ve just sewn to the bust notch only (approx. 6cm or 2 ⅜”), fold the raw edge of the seam allowances in toward the seam, wrong sides touching, by 0.5 cm (¼”) hiding the raw edges, and press. Edge stitch this portion on both sides of the seam. (you will finish the rest at the end)
That is it for today! Tomorrow we will work on constructing facings and attaching the facing to the bodice/dress.
Joanne Yusuf lives in the Pacific Northwest, she is a self taught sewist and sewing blogger. Joanne is committed to sewing a sustainable wardrobe using second hand and eco friendly textiles whenever possible. She hopes to inspire others to practice simplicity and mindfulness through the art of creating.
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