sewing the bodice


Another week of sewing under my belt.  This week I sewed the bodice together and the bodice lining.

bodice sewn

bodice sewn

I have decided to put an invisible zipper in the side seam in order to get in & out of the dress.   But buttons down the back of a gown are always beautiful, so I did that also.  I wanted it to look like that is the real closure.  Before I sewed the center back seam, I added button loop near the center back seam.  The I sewed the two back pieces together near the edge, as shown below.

Button loop on back

Button loop on back

sewn areas on back

sewn areas on back

By folding the fabric from the left side over to the right, I end up with a button placket that looks like it is an opening.

Folding the center back seam

Folding the center back seam

Buttons will be added:

Center Back buttons

Center Back buttons

I had the button loop left over from Leann’s gown and I probably still have enough left for another dress or a nice blouse.   That is why I need so much storage for my sewing.  I keep the remaining fabric & notions from previous projects, because you never know when you will need them again.  (At least, that is what I tell my husband that I need an entire closet just for my sewing supplies.)

Great progress.   Next weekend we have a fitting!

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