kcw day three [spring 2013]

April 24th, 2013

fairy tale dress: bodice and bow

Hour #3

1. bodice: Here we are at hour number 3 already and there’s hardly been any sewing! Well that’s about to change. The first bit of sewing I tackled was the bodice. That went so fast that I didn’t even photograph it–and I even made two bodices (one for the main dress and one for the lining).

2. bow: The pattern for the bow on this dress seems hilariously huge. Once you’ve folded it over and sewed up it, the bow takes on slightly more normal proportions. Then you have to gather the ends and place it in just the right place on the bodice.

fairy tale dress: skirt

3. skirt: The skirt on the fairy tale dress is a giant rectangle. This make it easy to sew up (and to hem later), but to attach such a large rectangle to the bodice requires lots and lots of ruffles.

fairy tale dress: skirt

4. attaching the skirt to the bodice:  I have to admit gathering ruffles is one of my favorite bits of sewing: pinning two very different lengths of fabric together and gathering the longer one to magically match up just right.  And look, they match!

fairy tale dress: bow

Success! The bow didn’t even get caught all crazy in the seam. I had to pat myself on the back for that one!

fairy tale dress: dress and lining

Day three and I’ve made the main dress and the lining of the bodice. Looks like the dress is practically done, but we’re not even halfway to the finished product!

Tomorrow: more polka dots!


9 Responses to kcw day three [spring 2013]

  1. Looks like we were working with the same fabric! Can’t wait to see what you make with it :)

  2. Laura says:

    I’m at pretty much the same stage (except no sash – doing view A). I made pleats instead of gathers and added piping along the bodice/skirt seam. I’ve spent most of the day practicing invisible zips – I do one about once every 6 months and each time it’s like the first…I finally want to nail it! Did a little fitting tonight so hopefully will get it done tomorrow…..famous last words!

  3. rachel says:

    Those polka dots could not be sweeter. Can’t wait to see your progress tomorrow! :)

  4. emily says:

    THANK YOU for posting reality! I love that you are posting your kwc this way. The way you keep everything on your blog so real and normal makes it one of my favorites to read. :) Keep up your awesome and realistic blogging style.

  5. kim t says:

    newbie here. how do you sew ruffles/gathers????

  6. Looking good….is this dress fully lined?

  7. Wendy says:

    I just have to say that after reading this post I am cracking up. How can one (myself) sew that many skirts that required gathering and never think to attach the fabric first than gather from opposite side? I feel like such a dork right now….a grateful dork who is now in the know. I will never do it any other way again. Thank you for your posts, they always make me smile.