If you missed the last part of our Samantha dress sewalong ‘Finishing the neckline’, click here to catch up.
In this part of our sewalong, we are going to assemble the bodice and skirt.
Place the front bodice on top of the back bodice, right sides together. Pin together the underarm and side seams and stitch them using a zig zag or your overlocker, starting from the sleeve hem and going all the way to the waist line.
Your bodice is almost ready, but now you have to try it on and see where you want everything to be. First of all, make sure that the waistline is in the right place for your body type. You should have checked that before you cut the fabric, but it’s good to double check in case you need to shorten it a bit more. If you do, now is the time to do it.
While you are wearing the bodice, assemble the faux wrap. Overlap the front pieces to create the wrap look and adjust their placement joining the front center notches, according to how open you want your dress to be. Secure them in place with lots of pins.
Quick tip: If you are less experienced or if your fabric moves too much, you may also machine tack them the two bodice pieces in place instead of using pins, but be aware to stay inside the 1cm seam allowance. Otherwise these seams will show on the outside.
Your bodice is now ready and we can move on to the skirt.
Place the two skirt pieces one on top of the other, right sides together. Pin the side seams
Stitch them using a zigzag stitch on your normal sewing machine or using your overlocker (serger). Do the same for both sides. Press the seam allowances open, if you used a normal sewing machine or towards the back, if you used an overlocker.
And that’s all for today. Join us next week for the next part of our sewalong, ‘Joining the bodice and skirt’