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My ruffled collar dress is coming along great and this week I focussed on finishing up the bodice. Read on to see my next sewing steps…

Step 1


Last week I assembled the bodice to the point of the ruffle insertion, and the first step to make the ruffle was to finish the short edges. On each short ruffle edge, I pinned the allowances right sides together with the fold at the bottom.

Step 2


I stitched together and trimmed the corner – then flipped to the right side and pressed.

Step 3


To gather the top long and unfinished edges of the ruffle, I switched my stitch length to baste…

Step 4


… and basted two rows inside my top seam allowance.

Step 5


I pulled the bobbin threads of my basting stitched to gather in. I always like to gather from each edge to the middle to reduce the risk of my bobbin threads snapping and loosing all my gathers.

Step 6


Then I repeated this process for my other ruffle.

Step 7


To attach the ruffles to the bodice, I first pinned each finished short edge to the front V and 1/2" away from the back to account for the seam allowance. I also matching up the midpoint of the ruffle piece with the shoulder seam of the bodice.

Step 8


Then I evenly spread out the gathered and pinned everything in place.

Step 9


Next I basted to the bodice edge INSIDE of my seam allowance since I still have to attach the top yoke.

Step 10


I made sure my ruffles nicely met in the front V of my bodice – love this so far!

Step 11


Now it was time to assemble the top bodice yoke, and I first pinned the shoulder seams right sides together.

Step 12


I stitched together and pressed my seam allowances open to reduce bulk. I also serge-finished each shoulder seam separately before sewing.

Step 13


Next I pinned my sewn yoke to my lower bodice sandwiching my ruffle in between.

Step 14


Then stitched together, pivoting carefully at my center front V, and serge-finishing all my allowance together.

Step 15


Now this is the point where I was thinking of adding a little gold button – then all I could think of was Sailor Moon, so I decided not to.

Step 16


At this point I also serge-finished my sleeve hem edge to prevent fraying while I attached the skirt section of my dress.

Step 17


Here is also the back view of my dress!

That completes part 2 of my April dress Mash Up, and if you want to sew along with me make sure to download the pattern here and also check out my part 1 post.

Happy Sewing!

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    Apr 19, 2018, 09.35 PMby Evmorales

    Is looking good! That’s how far Ingot too! My V front is not a V anymore! I should put something to cover it. It looks good, but I wanted the V look. Can’t wait to finish it.

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