First of all, we need to prep the bodice. Take it to the ironing board and unfold it, lay it flat. You are going to fold the bottom of the liner over 1/2″ to the inside of the bodice and press it. Next fold the bodice back up. You need to pin the button plackets together in the back. To make sure that it is lined up properly, make sure that the side seams are at the sides of the dress. The arm holes should also look like they are lined up too. Put a few pins down the back of the button placket to make sure that the bodice doesn’t shift around while you are attaching the skirt. Your button placket SHOULD overlap at the back.
We are now going to attempt to attach the skirt to the bodice. This is the part that I like best, when it is sewn together you can really see how beautiful your dress is going to be!
Keep your bodice turned right side out. Turn your skirt inside out. You are going to pin the skirt to the outer part of your bodice, right sides together. The easiest way to describe this is that you are going to sit your skirt (inside out!) on top of the counter/cutting table, whatever you are using for your workspace. Now, with your bodice right side out, turn it upside down and place it inside of your skirt. line up the sides of the bodice with the sides of your skirt. If you followed along with part 2, your skirt should be the same width around as the bottom of your bodice. Pin it together all the way around, you will pin the top edge of the skirt to the bottom edge of the OUTER part of your bodice (the satin part)
Sew all the way around the edge using 1/2″ seam. Make sure that you are sewing just underneath the gathering stitch that you used to sew the two skirts together. If you do not sew below it, you will see the gathering stitch from the outside when the dress is done. Make sure that when you are sewing over the back of the bodice that the button placket IS overlapping at the back. Also be careful not to catch the liner when you are sewing. Since we ironed it under before this step, it should be easy to ensure that this doesn’t happen.
Next take your dress to the ironing board. Press your seam up so that it will go inside the bodice. Press the rest of your bodice nicely, make sure the liner looks nice and press it so that it covers the seam. This will enclose the seam inside of the dress. When you are finished, top stitch along the bottom edge of the liner, all the way around. When you get to the button placket, again top stitch right over it, it may take a bit of tricky maneuvering but it’s not too difficult. The liner should now be stitched into place. Make sure that your thread is the same colour as the satin, as this stitch will be visible from the outside of the dress. After you have stitched the liner down, open up your button placket. You will notice that the inner part of the liner did not get stitched into place. You will need to hand stitch this part, I used a whipstitch to do this.
Now it’s time to add your buttons. I used 4 5/8″ buttons for my dress. Your button holes will be added to the part of the bodice that overlaps (is on top) of the other button fabric. Your buttons will be sewn to the side that is underneath the other one.
Last but not least, let’s create a gorgeous bow for the front of the dress! You will need to cut three pieces of fabric from your satin. You will need two rectangles that are TWICE as long as you want the finished bow to be, and the width will be whatever you would like the finished bow to be PLUS 1/2″. My two rectangles were 16″ x 4 1/2″. Then you need a third rectangle for the centre piece of your bow. Mine measured 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. I am going to do most of the next step in pictures. All of the seams for the bow have been sewn with 1/4″ seam allowance.
Thank you for following along with this sewing tutorial, I would love to see any finished dresses that you have made!
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