It’s time to get started sewing!
We’ve got a couple of things to set up and we’ll be ready to start putting the bodice together.
Want to catch up? The rest of the sew-along posts can be found at the Sugar Plum Sew-Along page!
Interfacing the bodice, lining and front shield
Using lots of steam and a pressing cloth, apply interfacing to the wrong sides of the neck edges and the back seam (to stabilize for the zipper) of the bodice and lining. Turn your bodice and lining pieces over to the right side and press the interfacing again. This will help secure the strips of interfacing.
Apply interfacing to the wrong side of the front shield. Press again from the right side.
You can also stay-stitch the neckline instead of interfacing it.
Stitching up darts
If you haven’t already, mark the darts on your back bodice and back lining by tracing the pattern onto the wrong side of the fabric with a tracing wheel and tracing paper. You can either baste the pleats on the front pieces or you can make them into darts as well. Either way, you’ll also want to mark the pleats/front bust darts onto the wrong side of you pieces and stitch them in place.
Making button loops
Fold the button loop piece in half lengthwise and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. The allowance, when turned, will fill up the tube you’re creating and give you really nice loops.
To turn your tube, take a threaded sewing needle, tie a knot and secure the thread at one end of your tube. Allow the eye of the needle to go into the tube and pull it out the other end. Gently, pull the needle and wiggle the fabric around a bit so that your tube inverts on itself. I find pulling on the seam allowance a little helps feed it through.
Cut your tube into six 1.75″ pieces. Set aside for now.
Optional bias tape for the waistband
If you’d like to add bias tape to your waistband like Amity did on her pink Sugar Plum, you can either make your own bias tape out of the same fabric you’re using for your bodice or out of a contrasting material. We’ll apply it to the waistband once we put those pieces together in a later step.
We’re done for today. I skipped doing the rolled hem on the flounces but, don’t worry, we’ll get to them next time.
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