Bodice Work


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 thoughts on “Bodice Work

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

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.”

  7. 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…

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