Bodice Work

18 Jun


I chose to cut the bodice of Simplicity 3803 on the bias because I needed just a little give in the bust cup and was too lazy (read: don’t know how) to do a FBA. I also added 1/2 an inch to the bottom of the bodice front and back. I took the advice of Marji and the coaching of Dawn to stabilize the neckline and help it hug my chest.

I used some of the fashion fabric selvedge to stabilize the back neckline.

I used the fashion fabric as the inside lining for the waistband. I just think it looks more interesting this way.


To gather both the skirt and lining I stretched and stitched clear elastic. I HATE gathering with that two rows of thread nonsense. My bodice lining is a pink poly/cotton batiste from Joann’s.


This pattern does not call for a skirt lining but I highly recommend it. Otherwise you may find the skirt in between your legs while walking. I lined the skirt in a white 100% cotton Italian batiste (imagine the softest thinnest lightest bed sheet. That’s how good it feels) from Metro Textile‘s.

I then serged both sides of the bodice back so I could have a neat invisible zip insertion.

Fits like a dream in the front. I cut a 12 for the bodice. Next time (if there is a next time) I’ll make a 12 in the front and a 10 for the back. There’s a touch of extra space back there.

Skirt is constructed and attached, all that’s left is the hemming! Hopefully by this upcoming weekend and in time for a summer party it’ll be all done.

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11 Responses to “Bodice Work”

  1. Bonnie D. June 18, 2007 at 02:33 #

    OMG, is that cute?!!! Cool how cutting on the bias not only gives you some give but also adds a cool design element. Love it!

  2. Debbie Cook June 18, 2007 at 02:47 #

    That looks great Cidell, very summery!

  3. Erica B. June 18, 2007 at 03:12 #

    I love the fabric and how it’s cut on the bias. I’ll be checking for the completed dress.

  4. Nancy (nanflan) June 18, 2007 at 03:15 #

    I love the way you cut the bodice. It adds a lot of style in addition to its functionality.

  5. Tany June 18, 2007 at 07:56 #

    It looks really nice, Cidell! Can’t wait for a full view of the dress on you!

  6. BlackLiterature June 18, 2007 at 12:04 #

    Awesome. Have you told us how you started sewing? And how did you get so good!!

  7. Stephanie Lynn June 18, 2007 at 13:36 #

    Great job! Would you believe me that I made this same dress out of blue seersucker this weekend??? You are absolutely right about needing to line the bottom. I didn’t and it definitely goes between my legs when walking. How did you know it would do that? I wonder if a slip would help this problem.

  8. dawn June 18, 2007 at 15:49 #

    It couldn’t fit you any nicer! The 1/2″ was all the FBA you needed, so you did just the right thing. I love the way the stripes change over the bodice, it makes the dress look “designer.”

  9. mysandrasdaughter June 18, 2007 at 16:08 #

    I can’t wait to see the finished project! I made this dress to wear to a wedding last weekend – I was too sorry to line the bottom, only the bodice…

  10. gold June 18, 2007 at 18:44 #

    Its looking great!!I am going to have to try that clear elastic idea.

  11. Adrienne June 19, 2007 at 01:28 #

    This is looking really good! Love the fabric!

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