In this post, we will concentrate on putting together the bodice of the Sew Chic Valentine slip. The pieces are small and can seem a little intimidating, but you will see that they go together very easily.
There are 5 pattern pieces that make up the bodice of the slip as you see in the picture below.
When sewn together, 1 side of the bodice will look like this.
Begin with the bodice center front and front trim. Remember that all seam allowances for this project are 3/8″. When sewing the pieces together, be sure to stop stitching 3/8″ from the edge. This will make attaching the center front bodice panel to the trim a breeze.
Match the front trim to the center front bodice panel. Sew to the seam intersection.
Now sew from the seam intersection to the top edge of the front bodice panel. Trim the seam allowance in half.
Press the seam allowance forward.
Sew the side bodice trim to the side bodice panel.
Trim seam allowance.
Now sew the center front panel to the side front panel.
Trim seam allowance.
To finish the seam, I like to use a zigzag stitch. simply run the foot along the edge and sew.
The seam will have a lovely finish that will also be comfortable against the body.
Sew the left and right bodice panels together at center front.
Be sure to stop stitching 3/8″ from the top edge of the seam.
When choosing the ribbon for the shoulder straps, I like to use a double faced satin trim, so the ribbon will be finished on both sides. Cut 1 piece of ribbon 3″ long and the other approximately 26″ long. You will need 2 of each. You will also need a ring and a slider for each strap.
Slip the 3″ ribbon through the ring and baste the ends together.
In order to find the exact position of my ribbon on the slip, I like to begin by folding over the seam allowance on the top edge of the trim.
I then place my ribbon loop against the center front seam, making sure that the loop is perfectly vertical.
Flip the ribbon loop over and baste in place. As you see in the picture below, the edge of the ribbon will not match to the edge of the trim.
To make the straps adjustable, slide the longer ribbon into the slider.
Turn under the raw edge and stitch in place.
Slide the other end of the ribbon through the ring.
Hold the slider in one hand,
and thread the ribbon through one side of the slider,
and then the other.
The straps are now in place and will be adjustable.
The next step will be to sew the trim facing together. Be sure to trim all seams and press the seams open.
Be sure to stop sewing 3/8″ away from the top edge of the center front seam.
Now match the facing to the bodice and sew in place. Once the seam has been sewn, trim, turn and press.
In our next post, we will put the body of the slip together and add the decorative trim. Now that you have conquered the bodice, the rest of the slip will be an absolute breeze. In our next post, I will also show you how to beautifully finish off the back of the slip and encase the straps.