Frock by Friday: Tuesday

October 5, 2010

1. Sew the front bodice and back bodice pieces, right sides together. Be sure not to sew the wrong sides to the front bodice. I've done that before. Not fun.


2.  Sew the back skirt pieces to the front skirt pieces. Again, sure not to sew the wrong sides to the front bodice.
3. Hem the bottom of the skirt. You can make this as deep as you want. I made mine about an inch deep and used a blind stitch.

DONE FOR TODAY! There wasn't much happening today. The next few days will pick up. I want to mention that you will also need wide elastic. So if you haven't bought some yet, go out and get some. About 2.5" - 3" wide. Better yet, if you can find some, get elastic lace 2.5" -3" wide. I doubt JoAnn's has any of this though. Some better stocked sewing stores might.

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14 {comments}:

Ruhammie said... Best Blogger Tips

I already know JoAnn's DOES NOT but I know that Mood DOES!! AND BurdaStyle members have a discount they could use today and tomorrow. Thank you Mood!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

hi, could i ask you why the side seam lengths of the back facings and back pieces of the gail dress are longer than those of the front piece and front facings? am i missing something. this is my first 'a frock by friday' and i do find your instructions and tutorials wonderfully clear. thank-you.

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Anonymous,
Did you cut the dress in half for the alterations?

Also, don't be insulted because I've done this before, but I just want to make sure that you are not flipping the back pieces (ie putting them on the wrong sides). The straight edge of the back pieces should be in the middle.

Britta said... Best Blogger Tips

I had the same problem with the back pieces shorter than the front. I'm doing the BurdaStyle version and not the alternate version. Straight edges are towards the middle.

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Well, this has happened to me before with some patterns. Sometimes it's a mistake I've made, sometimes I don't know what the heck they were thinking when they made the pattern.

What I would suggest is to start stitching at the armhole and go down to the bottom of the skirt. Then trim the extra material on the one side of the skirt at a curve so it blends in with the other side.

Hope that helps! Patterns are so frustrating!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

hi, thanks for your reply. i'm making the gail dress not the modcloth one. i do have the straight edges at the centre (but i have been known to make simple errors!) but still have the same problem as has someone else i see now. will you also be making the gail dress or just the modcloth version? thanks again.

Jody said... Best Blogger Tips

If we are doing the modcloth version, what should we do about the mismatched skirt pieces? Start sewing at the waist or at the hem?

Kelli said... Best Blogger Tips

Any suggestions for the neckline fabric? I cannot find any lace that has a pretty vintage feel--it all looks so cheap and tablecloth-like! I am using the alterations to make the mod cloth version so can I use a wide lace trim instead of lace yardage? How wide should the trim be if that would work? Thanks so much!!

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Anonymous,
What I would suggest is to start stitching at the armhole and go down to the bottom of the skirt. Then trim the extra material on the one side of the skirt at a curve so it blends in with the other side.

Hope that helps! Patterns are so frustrating!

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Jody,
Start at the waist. Then trim the extra material on the one side of the skirt at a curve so it blends in with the other side.

yomumokaku said... Best Blogger Tips

This is probably a really stupid question, but please bear with me, because I've never followed a pattern before (well, except for a tote bag). In the photos you've posted, there's white fabric over the dress fabric, and I'm assuming this is the facing?

Also, you've got the same white fabric on the skirt, and I'm now wondering if I should have some facing material the same as the skirt... it doesn't seem to be mentioned on the pattern itself. Am I missing something really obvious? Apologies if this is a really stupid question, but I'd rather ask now, than get it all wrong later.

Thanks!

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Yomumokaku,
It's actually not anything. It's just the back of my fabric:) It's a thicker material with an opaque back.

yomumokaku said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh! Thank you! Things suddenly make a lot more sense! Maybe I shouldn't concentrate on the photos so much. :)

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Kelli,
Today I will be provided a new self made pattern for the top piece because I had to do so much altering to the burdastyle piece that there was no way to describe the changes I made.

Soooo, in regards to your question, once you see the new pattern you can judge for yourself. I guess it really depends on how wide your trim is. If it's 3" then I don't think it will work. If it's more like 7" then it might.

What you might want to try is, instead of cutting it as one piece on the fold, you could cut the front on the fold, then cut the back separately- where the shoulder seam would be and remember to add 5/8" to each new seam.

What you could also look for is a different form of tulle. My lace looks a little like a tulle with dots. Also, a sheer fabric would work like chiffon. You could finish the edges the same way I did in Tuesday's tutorial.

 
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