Now that you have a perfectly tailored pattern, it's time to move on to your actual dress! The pace will pick up after this post, so make sure you're up to date! We'll still move slowly, but there will be something to do each day. So far this has been all prep work, which is time consuming but doesn't involve sewing, but I'll start splitting things into short sewing tasks.
Today it's time to start cutting out your fabric!
Start by ironing your paper pattern--yes, iron your tissue paper or packing paper, whatever you used! Use low heat, no steam (you don't want to light the paper on fire or shred it by getting it wet.
|Nicely pressed paper--all the pattern pieces|
Now iron your fabric--my lining and bodice top fabric are blue, and my skirt fabric is watercolor painted looking.
|Iron the lining fabric (I'm also using this for the dress|
Once your fabric is folded correctly, lay out the lining pattern pieces (bodice front, bodice back, skirt front, and skirt back). Make sure they all fit correctly, and pin them down. Then, cut along the cutting lines. Make sure you don't cut off the bottom of the skirt pattern, but you can cut off any excess around the rest of the pattern (mine doesn't have any because the pattern pieces are cut out along the cutting lines). DO NOT CUT OUT THE DARTS.
|Lay out the pattern--make sure it all fits!|
|Pin down the pattern--these are the bottoms of the skirt |
pieces, where I've marked the cutting line for the lining
two inches above the bottom of the skirt
|Cut along the cutting line|
|The lining is all cut out!|
|Iron the dress fabric (my skirt fabric)|
|I AM AN IDIOT AND ONLY GOT ONE YARD OF FABRIC|
So I had to fold it like this--I had just enough fabric to cut
the skirt front and back along the right grainline--I wouldn't
recommend this mistake...
|Cut out the rest of the pattern (my bodice is|
the same fabric as the lining)
|Mark a rectangle for the ruffle--the instructions say it should|
be 6"x35"--I mark 6" from the straight edge (along the selvedge)
|Marking 6" for the ruffle|
|Cut out the ruffle|
|Fold the ruffle so the "right" side faces in, like|
with the other pattern pieces
|All the pattern pieces, all cut out--still folded so the "right"|
side of the fabric is folded to face inside, and the "wrong"
side faces out--I put the fabric into little piles--the dress,
the lining, and the interfacing on the right
The first bit of sewing will be on Sunday! We'll prep your fabric for sewing by marking it with a fabric marker and doing the staystitching around the neckline and armholes. Monday will be the first real sewing day!