My last post on this WIP was very short. I had no words to describe what was happening, I was literally lost for words.
I chose View C of the M6349 because I like the heart shaped neckline but the gathering down the centre seam did not make sense.
I thought that the gathering would create the 'cups' on the bodice therefore only on the top half of the bodice, but the instructions said otherwise. According to the instructions, the gathering is all the way down the bodice, which didn't look great on me. There was no body, no volume, the bodice looked flat.
I almost gave up on the pattern but then I realised that I could use the 'underlining'/'lining' pieces for shell as well! The underlining/lining is princess seamed.
From what I could tell while pinching the back seams together with my fingers, it fits. Need more boobs to fill it out so I've added bust padding. I googled "what to use for bust padding" and came across Tasia's tutorial and that's where I learned about butted seams!
"Butted Seam - Abutted Seam. A flat seam joining two plies, edge-to-edge, without overlay or seam allowance" - Google
Following Tasia's tuturial, I went shopping in the quilting section for cotton batting, cut out the batting with no SA, and started butting seams.
I found it easier to feed the two pieces of cotton batting into the machine first (without the cotton tape) then once the pieces are joined, do another stitch with the cotton tape.
Also had a go at making my own bra cups. Fun, fun.
|The layers of cotton batting remind me of potato chips. Mmm.|
|TOP: Cutting out bodice pieces with NO SA - Butted Seam - Bra Cup|
BOTTOM: Bra Cup attached to Bust Padding
Over the weekend, I cut out my fabric - floral print cotton, interfaced the bodice pieces with whisperweft, and got sewing. I attached the padding to the shell and boned the lining (bodice is self-lined).
|TOP: Butted Seam - Whisperweft interfacing|
BOTTOM: Padding attached to shell - Boning on lining
Sewing a strapless bodice is so much quicker because there are no armscyes. Understitching is easy - just one stitch across with neckline.
The bodice is beautiful, so soft and plushy, just wanna bury my face in it!
Tonight I'm working on the skirt, it's floor length and gathered. Can't wait to finish this dress!!
Watch this space.
Have to say a big thank you to Tasia for these awesome tutorials, and for building such a great website that is easily found when Googling! You are amazing.