If you haven't started sewing, yet, it's not too late to join in!
Day 1- Getting Started
Alright, onto today's task- sewing the bodice!
Day 2- Bodice
Go ahead and grab your 2x bodice pieces and 2x sleeve pieces.
Take one bodice piece and lay it right side up, horizontally, like so:
Bodice Piece laid out.
Fold it over (left to right- fold should be on your left, when viewing the fabric).
Bodice Piece folded.
Pattern Piece Placement.
You should end up with something that looks like this:
Sleeve Piece and Cutaway Shown (Same applies to the bodice pieces).
Now, take your tuxedo piece and sew through "Adding the Tuxedo Ruffle." This is where I'm going to jump in with a couple of my own notes. The tutorial says to start ruffling 1/2" down. Personally, I would have started down- approx. 1"- to prevent extra bulk when creating the neck casing. Ruffle and gather your tuxedo piece to be shorter than the height of your bodice piece. This is where I took my center waist sash, laid it on top of my bodice and estimated where my ruffle needed to stop so that it would not create extra bulk under the center waist sash (and yet still lay smoothly under the center waist sash). For size 5, my ruffle was approx. 5" long (not including the smooth, un-ruffled part that will eventually lay under the center waist sash). See picture:
Attached Tuxedo Ruffle.
Center Waist Sash:
Take your center waist sash piece and fold one long edge under 1/4" to the wrong side of the fabric. Do this for one side, only! Line up the top edge (that you just folded under 1/4") of the center waist sash and place it 5/8" under the bottom armhole opening.
Center Waist Sash Placement.
Attaching Sleeve to Bodice:
Using the pattern- front bodice, sleeve, back bodice, sleeve- sew along the armhole openings. Right sides should always face right sides. You should end up with something like this:
Bodice and Sleeves.
This would be a great time to finish your edges where the bodice meets the sleeve, etc. Serge or use a narrow zig-zag to finish and prevent fraying and unraveling. I do not own a serger. So, I just use a narrow overlock stitch to get the job done. :-) Easy peasy.
Side Waist Sashes:
Now it's time to sew the side waist sashes. Sew through "Preparing the Sides Waist Sashes."
Don't forget to topstich around three sides, leaving one short end open. Align the top edge of your now finished side sash with the top edge of the center waist sash. Pin in place.
Side Sash Placement- align sash tops.
Preparing the Bodice:
Sew through the step, "Preparing the Bodice." Just a friendly reminder to make sure that your side sashes don't get in the way of your side seams!
At this point, your bodice should look something like this:
Bodice without elastic neckline/sleeves.
Adding Elastic to the Neckline and Sleeves:
Sew through "Adding Elastic to the Neckline" and "Adding Elastic to the Sleeves." Use the measurements on slide 15 to mark/cut the elastic for both the sleeves and the neckline.
Secure your elastic! (Nobody said that it had to be pretty- just make sure it'll hold!)
Now, you should have a finished bodice that looks a lot like this!
Finished Bodice! Yay!