Day 3 – Form Bodice and Attach Sleeves
Today we will be forming the bodices of our Gabriella’s coats and attaching the sleeves. This will be steps 6-11 of the pattern.
We are starting actual construction today! Yay! Prep work is so important to do for construction to go smoothly, but it’s always fun when you can actually start seeing your project take shape.
Forming the Bodice
Follow steps 6-9 in the pattern tutorial to form your bodice. When you are finished, your piece should look like this. Don’t forget to repeat with your lining pieces. If you have never sewn princess seams or pleats before, we are available to help with any difficulties you may run into. Our Facebook group is the best place to get your questions answered.
TIP: When sewing oppositely curved seams together, pause every few stitches and readjust your fabric. It helps keep your raw edges aligned and avoid puckers in the seam. Focus only on the area directly in front of your needle as you go around. If you typically sew with a long stitch length, it may be beneficial for you to shorten it for these curves in order to make them smoother.
The way I do my pleats is slightly different than in the pattern instructions. If you have difficulty with the instructions, here is how I do them.
Step 1: Fold bodice right sides together at center pleat mark. Press a crease down the length of the bodice. Your two outer pleat marks should be on top of one another.
TIP: You can baste in a line from the stacked pleat marks a couple of inches down or up at the top and bottom in order to help keep your piece in the right place when you are pressing the crease. Remove these basting stitches when finished.