Howdy! Today's sew along blog post we will be assembling the dress bodices and also the bodice linings. These steps apply to both dress bodices. My theory behind posting so soon again, because its nearly the weekend! And what does that mean?... SEWING AND LOTS OF IT! So if you are joining in on the Billie Jean sew-along so far you will have a lot to work with.
If you are just joining the sew-along you can check out what we have done so far and what we are up to, in the previous sew-along blog posts, here and here.
OK lets get started on our bodices.....
Step 1 - Stay Stitching
Stay stitch the front and back bodice neckline's 0.5' away from the neckline edge.
* Apologies i totally forgot to get a photo of the stay stitching! But you probably get the main idea...
Step 2 - Assemble the Front bodice
Repeat this process on both sides of the centre front bodice.
Stitch in place each bodice side front panel (4) to the centre front bodice (3), taking care and stitching slowly around the bust curve.
Clip the seam curves on each side of the front bodice and press them open.
Step 3 -Assemble the bodice back
Right sides together pin in place the side back panel (2) piece to the centre back bodice piece (1).
Repeat on both sides of the back bodice.
Stitch both side back panels in place to the centre back bodice, taking care when stitching around the bust curve.
Clip curves on back bodice seams and press seams open.
* REPEAT ALL OF THESE STEPS FOR YOUR LINING BODICE, ON BOTH DRESS VERSIONS.
DRESS - 2 ONLY
Ok folks these steps below are for those of you who are sewing up the dress 2 version of the Billie Jean sewing pattern, the full gathered skirt dress. Dress 1 peeps, you can sit these steps out!
Step 1 - SHOULDERS SEAMS
Right sides together pin the front and back bodice together at shoulder seams
Stitch shoulder seams together, finish seams and press open.
* REPEAT THESE STEPS FOR YOUR DRESS 2 BODICE LINING
That's all for this sew - along post folks!
Just to recap on what you will have sewn up after this post:
Dress 1 - If you are sewing up a wiggle dress, you will so far have your main bodice & bodice lining front and back assembled, but not yet stitched up at the shoulder seams or side seams.
Dress 2 - If you are sewing up the full gathered skirt dress, you will so far have your main bodice & bodice lining front and back assembled and stitched at the shoulder seams, but not the side seams.
Happy sewing and have a lovely weekend sew-alongers!