Frock by Friday: Tuesday

June 22, 2010

Sorry for the double post. Sometimes I accidentally hit "Publish Post" instead of "Save Now" before I finish and I have to delete the previous one.

1. Iron neckline over by 1/4. Iron over again by 1/4. Sew down with a narrow stitch.
If you are using knit you could either leave it raw and cut off a half an inch or if you have a serger, cut off a half and inch and serge the edge.

Iron seam

IMPORTANT, If you are using a knit material you must use a stretch needle. Otherwise your
material will turn out wavy on the edges.

2. Use a long stitch and sew across the bottom. Do not backstitch the end. Leave a long string at one end.









3. Separate the strings at the ends. While holding one push the fabric down the other.










4. Take the front bodice piece and match the length of the 'under bust' piece to the length of the seam you just gathered.


Ignore the seam I made down the middle of my dress. You don't need to do that.I wanted the stripes to make an upsidedown "V" in the center.




5. Pin right sides together. Sew. REMEMBER TO RESET YOUR STITCH TO SOMETHING NARROW.

Do the same for the other side.

Done for today!





11 {comments}:

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

Rookie question - do you want to sew right over your basting stitch, or do you want to avoid it and pull it out after your permanent stitch?

Much obliged! :D

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Sarah,
That's a really good question. What I did was make my basting stitch really close to my seam and then when I made my permanent stitch I sewed just outside of my basting stitch so I didn't have to rip anything out and I didn't have a basting stitch showing.

Zara said... Best Blogger Tips

Another rookie question - does it matter if the gathering isn't even when you sew the top to the bodice?

jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

do you think that you might do a frock by friday with one of your dress designs one day? also, just wondering when you do one of your dress designs do you do a muslin first or draft a pattern or do you just sort of make them as you go? thanks for doing these frock by fridays, love them!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Well I managed to mess up already. When I take a look at my front piece (#3 on the pattern) I have a V shape instead of a point. I layed this out exactly as you had it on the picture. So I'm trying to figure out what I did. And if I managed to mess this one up what else did I mess up? This piece was 3.5 inches out from the fold line so when I cut it I left that space intact just as if the pattern were up against the foldline, then continued to cut around the pattern. I hope what I'm saying makes sense, but no matter how I look at this I can't figure it out.
Any help would be appreciated.

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Zara,
Not really.

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Anonymous,
I looked carefully at your problem and I realized what had happened.

The fault is my own.

I turned one of the pieces when I placed it on the fabric.

I posted the new skirt piece as step 6 in Monday.

I am so sorry. My only hope is that you have enough to recut.

I did overestimate the amount of fabric which I do for every project in case of this situation.

Take what you have left over and fold in half then match the pieces the way I have them in Step 6.

Again, please accept my apology. I am going to post an update for everyone else.

Thanks for letting me know.

Julia said... Best Blogger Tips

I am cutting out my dress right now! I am not quite your target audience here (a pretty experienced sewing type) but it is fun to be working on this knowing other people are going along too.

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh and if you don't have enough to cut on the fold you can cut two pieces and add a 3/8" on the fold line. And sew the two pieces together. That's the way I did it for my dress. Just iron the seam after you're done.

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Jennifer,
I'd love to do a frock by friday with one of my dresses. I just have to grade them which is really difficult. I can't seem to make any time in my day to work on it. But I hope to get at least one done by next month.

And usually, when I do a pattern I cut it out of muslin first which works out great because then I always have a copy of the pattern. Sometimes when I'm rushed I'll just cut the fabric off the dress form but I don't like to do that.

OH plus, using muslin as a pattern is great because you don't need to pin it to your fabric. It just clings to it naturally. Much faster.

Tam said... Best Blogger Tips

Kathleen, I am guessing that you are using a knit for your dress, but I'm not 100% sure.

I haven't started yet, so have a day to catch up on. I have a knit here, AND a cute cotton and I can't decide which to use!

 
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