Arendelle Heart Back Valentine
Blogger: Jessica Dukes
Arendelle Heart Back
Hi….I’m Jessica. I fell in love with Arendelle, for so many reasons, when it released. And now, there are more reasons to love it even more! During this blog we will be sewing Arendelle with a heart shaped back for valentines day and optional flutters!
I’m using this adorable polkadot fabric.
First we will be assembling our pattern pieces and cutting out the fabric! Remember to use your FREE heart back pieces!!!!
When you are finished cutting you should have 2 front bodice pieces (1 main, 1 lining), 4 back bodice pieces (with the heart cut out) as 2 mirror image sets, 2 sleeves (optional), 4 flutters (optional) and your skirt! The heart back bodice will be assembled a little different than the original Arendelle, so you will also need corded elastic or 2 thin ponytail holders to create button loops for the upper part of the heart closure. Below the heart will be closed with regular buttons like the original version, so you will also need two buttons.
Next we will be constructing the bodice!!!
After you have sewn the main front and back bodice pieces together at the shoulders, as well as the lining, cut the corded elastic/ponytail holders so you have two 1.75” pieces. Fold one piece of elastic in half to create a loop. Measure down 3/4" from the top raw edge of the left back bodice piece. Baste the loop in place.
Repeat with second piece of elastic. Baste it below the second one, make sure it is 3/4” above the bottom raw edge.
There are now several options….. add sleeves, flutters or create a sleeveless Arendelle! The flutter pieces can be found in the FREE heart back file.
If adding sleeves, follow the directions for constructing and adding the sleeves in the original pattern.
If you are NOT adding sleeves OR are choosing to add the flutters, you will follow the directions in the pattern for the sleeveless version. I chose to add the new free flutters and have provided some illustrations on how to do so.
First, place two flutter right sides together and sew to attach along the curved edge.
Trim the seam allowance, turn the flutter right side out and press. Sew a gathering stitch 1/4" from the long raw straight edge. Repeat these steps with the other flutter.
Gather one flutter and place it on the main bodice. The center of the flutter will be at the shoulder seam. Make sure the front and backs of the flutters are even and are approximately 2" from the raw edges of the arm curve. Do not gather the last 1" of either side of the ruffle. This will help it lay nicely when turned right side out. Distribute the rest of the gathers evenly, using the bobbin thread to tighten the gather of needed. Baste in place. Repeat with other ruffle.
You will now continue with the original sleeveless directions. Be careful not to get the flutter caught in any of the bodice seams when finishing the bodice. If adding sleeves, follow the directions for constructing and adding the sleeves in the original pattern.
When sewing the main and lining, right sides together, around the heart back, be careful to keep a precise seam allowance. When you come to any points on the bodice, leave the presser foot down, lift the needle and turn the fabric as indicated in the photo below.
It is very important that you trim the bodice seam allowance. Especially around the heart. Take your time and go very slowly. Be careful not to clip through any stitching. Some of the details of the heart are difficult to turn. But please do not rush this step if you want your heart to look perfect in the end!!!! It’s definitely worth it to trim it up nicely. Turn the bodice right side out and press. Now you can step back and admire that beautiful bodice!!!