The Wedding Dress – part 4a of the unknown

So here we are again progressing slowly but sweetly.

I jumped right into my sewing this morning, no procrastinating or lollygagging here. Today I’m working on the under bodice, starting with the darts.

Darts. Nothing wrong with them, in fact I love darts. Except this would be the first time a pattern has told me to do them with French seams. Just reading it made me start muttering to myself. I was worried that as the fabric is so slippering and I am unable to press it firmly enough for it to stay flat, that I would end up with sloppy darts. I briefly considered just doing normal darts (ok it wasn’t a brief thought I’ve been arguing with myself about this since I first opened the pattern weeks ago). But decided to push my comfort zone (this seems to be the theme of my life these days). I’m using my lovely drawing pencils to make tiny marks on the fabric, this probably isn’t kosher but it wont be visible and I don’t want to pin more than I have to and I don’t have anything else. So pencils it is.

First I fold the fabric and press as I would for the regular dart except with wrong sides together. Then I draw a very faint line inside that – this is my sewing line. I normally don’t draw my lines but with the wiggly, slipperyness I am afraid of getting off track. The directions say to sew about 3mm inside the normal dart line, but I am not sure I can be that accurate enough and just ot be on the safe side I make mine about 9mm inside. I place one pin inside to give it a little bit of stability.

ImageThen I press both sides of the seam -this trick I picked up from Gorgeous Fabrics and it’s really makes a huge difference especially for French Seams – before trimming as close to the stitches as possible.

ImageThe I refold right sides together, press and again draw a new line this time in the place I want my final dart.

You know once I got over my fear of a French seam on the darts, it actually looks great on the inside.

ImageThe I joined the underbodice back to front at shoulder seams and side seams, again with the French seam, pressing, pressing, pressing. It’s looking great but the sunshine is just too lovely so I’m gonna take the afternoon off to go swim at the lake and join the underboice to the bodice this evening.

So keep your eyes open for 4b this evening!


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