Formal Dress – 2017 – bodice and skirt

Once I’d finished doing the first bodice, the lass tried it on. It needed tweaking. So I had another go, and another and finally got it with attempt four. That was made up in the final fabric and put to one side to wait the skirt.


I started to work on the skirt which meant using the whole cutting table. I had a rare moment of wanting a bigger table.

Through work I have a connection to a retired designer. Her advice was to cut two half circles. One seam would accommodate the zip at the back, and the other would be at the front. Then when it was attached to the bodice I should cut the hem.

Drawing in the circle with chalk, taking a big breath and  cutting it out.






The bodice and skirt came together and I inserted the invisible zip. That sounds so straightforward but it was not. A fair amount of steam was needed, plus almost every pressing tool I have – the ham, pointer thingy, and my own hands.

Miss 17 is a petite lass! That’s my hand covering the centre back from top to waist. I had to stitch the lining in by hand.

Miss 17 wanted to have the peak of the hem over her knee, not in the middle. I decided that one side needed to be not quite a half circle. You can just see the seam over her left knee. In this photo I’ve pinned the hem up and she is wearing last year’s shoes.





I free-handed a curve from the left knee to the side hem, then mirrored it on the other side.

I did a tiny hem as shown on this YouTube video. Then I finished off with a thread chain and hook.


More in another post…

About Accordion3

I sew, ride a bike, bake, read a lot of books and sometimes skate. I also play several instruments, one of them is the Accordion.
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