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Magnolia Sew Along Day 5

Jana Harcus

I would like to start out today by thanking you all for joining me on this Magnolia sew along.  I hope you enjoyed following along each day and maybe you learned something new this week.  



Today is our last day of instructions.  It is the day when we put everything together and finalize our Magnolia top or dress.  At this point, you have already created a bodice and a skirt.  To help ensure that the bodice maintains it shape and doesn’t stretch out over time, it is recommended that you attach clear elastic to the raw edge of your bodice before attaching the skirt.


Clear elastic is usually found in 3/8” width. Measure around your bodice to determine the length of elastic you need to cut.  Follow the pattern instructions for how to sew on the elastic.  It is important to make sure that while sewing the elastic doesn’t get pulled too tight or remain too loose.  


After the elastic is sewn, you are now ready to attach your skirt. The bodice and skirt pieces will be attached, right sides together. When attaching the skirt, be sure to match up the side seams of the skirt with the bodice side seams. If you are doing a girls version, slowly and carefully pin the raw edges of the skirt to the bodice.  There should be no gathering or puckering.  Conversely, if you are doing the women’s version the skirt is gathered, so make sure you space your gathers evenly when pinning the raw edges of the skirt to the bodice.  

Sew around the bodice and finish the raw edges. Press the seam towards that bodice.  While it is not written in the pattern instructions, I chose to topstitch along the seam on my women’s version using a long straight stitch.

That’s it!! Congratulations, you have created your Magnolia!  I hope you, or the person you are sewing for, loves the comfy fit and style of the Magnolia.  



It was a pleasure being your host this week.  Please join us again for our next sew along.


Don’t forget to share your pictures of your finished Magnolia. Every person who adds a photo to the sew along album gets entered in the giveaway to receive free fabric from our generous sponsor Threads and Stitches Fabric.  I can’t wait to see the gorgeous Magnolias everyone made this week.