|Grab your finished bodice piece and with your front skirt piece (the one cut on a fold) find the middle of the skirt piece and line it up with the middle of the front bodice piece.|
|Next line the pieces up again and do the same thing, fold and mark with a pin. Then sew.|
|Continue doing the with both sides until you have all the pin tucks in place. If your skirt piece is wider still than your bodice piece you can trim the edge or add a few more pin tucks on the edge, I have done both methods and they both work fine.|
|For example, I added more pin tucks to the back piece since I wanted to keep the fullness, It’s up to you how you want to do it. The back pieces are done the same way as the front with the folding and pining and sewing.|
|Next place right sides together lining up the pin tucks and sew the bodice and skirt pieces together along the front and back.|
|Then turn the flap around to the inside or wrong side of the top and line the fabric up so it comes to the edge of the zipper. Then starting at the same place at the bottom top stitch up to the top.|
|Repeat to the other side and you have a zipper all most all the way in. Just the bottom should not be sewn in yet…|
|Start by placing right sides together of the back pieces, then starting right under the zipper sew the two back pieces together.|
|Then lay the back out flat and you can topstitch in the rest of the zipper, starting where you left off on the bottom crossing the bottom of the zipper and then back up the other side.
Zipper done. Not to bad right?
|Next (and I am sorry the picture shows the after of this step and not before) Place the right sides together of the top and sew along the sleeve to the armpit and turn to go down the side.
|Next hem the sleeves, you do this by turning the fabric under and then under again to cover the raw edge. Then sew along the edge to hold the hem in place.
Also hem the bottom in the same way.
|Next I took the doily of my Grandma’s and cut apart a few sections and then I hand sewed them down to the front neck line.|
|I took some white cotton and folded it then I cut a half circle.|
|I pinned it in place along the neckline|
|And sewed it down. Done, neckline raised up…|
|For the pink top I made a freezer paper stencil of two love birds and the word love and added that to the bottom of the top. (hence the name of the top) The shirt is a lot of fun to customize.|
|There you have it! I hope you were able to sew along with me! It has been a fun new adventure, I have a sew along for boys next! (likely the first week of March) Please show off your lovely creations in our Flickr group We would LOVE to see them!|