I mentioned that I had run up a sample dress for Alana my DGD, one of the two little toddlers who will be wearing B5705 as one of the bridesmaid dress designs, and while it was ok, it wasn't quite right, that being that I didn't follow all the instructions, and in my enthusiasm to get something done, I left out the interlining.
Yesterday I did manage to purchase the fabric for B5710 which I am using for my older bridesmaids and while I was there I purchased some organza to interline the little dresses too.
So to make two interlined and lined bodices I had to cut out :-
- 2 bodice fronts (fashion fabric)
- 2 bodice fronts (lining)
- 2 bodice fronts (interlining) = 6 pieces, then the same for the bodice backs too.
There is no denying that there is a lot of extra work involved here and just to get to this stage, I had to:-
- tack interlining to wrong side of fashion fabric pieces
- replace pattern pieces over the new double fabric piece and mark up darts etc.
- sew in the darts (through both fabric pieces) - press
- sew front to back pieces at shoulder edges - press
- sew darts in lining pieces - press
- attach back to front at shoulder edges - press
- right sides together attach lining to fashion fabric sewing neck and armscyes.
- trim seams, clip where necessary - press
- understich were possible
- press again
Just before I go, my DD and I popped into a bridal boutique yesterday and I took a peak at some of the dresses and looked inside and out. I was horrified to see a very simple dress, with the same bodice as the one I am making for my little ones, but a much smaller skirt (in terms of volume) and they wanted £140 for it. It was marked up for ''age 4", and the finish on the whole garment was really rough.
Many of us are our own worst critics when it comes to sewing, but I figure whatever the quality of the job I make on my bridesmaid dresses, it will still be better than the one I saw yesterday, and I would encourage any of you reading this who is thinking about doing some sewing for a wedding, you should have the courage of your convictions and give it a go. (That was my little soapbox moment) finished now lol.