Welcome back! Today we will be constructing a lined bodice. If you chose to do an unlined bodice, then today is a free day, come back and join us tomorrow!
Let’s grab your bodice and sleeve pieces. If you are doing sleeves, follow the pattern instructions to sew the bodice main and bodice lining pieces at the shoulders and on the sides. If you are doing a sleeveless version, just attach the bodice main and bodice lining at the shoulders...we will be doing the sides in a bit : )
For all versions, sew the main and lining together at the neckline following the pattern instructions, being sure to turn right side out and press.
Follow the pattern instructions to hem and attach your sleeves to your bodice.
If you are doing the sleeveless version, here is the burrito roll method. Lay the bodice flat with right sides facing up.
Starting on the right side of the bodice, tightly roll the main and lining together towards the center of the bodice.
Using the fabric on the left side of the bodice (unrolled side), flip the lining fabric underneath the rolled up section and flip the main fabric over the rolled up section.
Now, the rolled up section will be inside the left side bodice main and lining. Those two pieces will be right sides together. Align the raw edges along the armscye. Pin and sew along the armscye. When sewing, be careful not to catch any of the right side bodice piece that is rolled up inside.
Trim seam allowance and clip the curves so that it lays nicely when turned inside out. It is not necessary to finish the raw edges because it is knit and will not fray.
Pull the rolled up section through the bottom of the bodice. The bodice will now be right side out with the left side armscye complete.
Complete those same steps again. This time start rolling from the left side and flip the right side main and lining around the left side rolled fabric.
Pin, sew, clip curves, and trim seam allowances. Pull the fabric roll through the bottom and press the bodice flat.
Your sleeveless bodice is almost complete. Next step is to sew the side seams. Open the front and back bodice pieces at the sides. Find and match up the underarm seams. Keeping right sides together, align the raw edges of the main/lining front bodice piece with the main/lining back bodice piece. Pin and sew the sides together.
Repeat the above steps with the other side.
You now have a completed bodice! Tomorrow we will be walking through how to construct an unlined bodice. Because you have already completed a lined bodice, you get a day off. Enjoy!
Make sure to head over to our Facebook group and share pictures of your completed bodices! We can’t wait to see all your gorgeous work!