Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice

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.

photo 1 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice

There are 5 pattern pieces that make up the bodice of the slip as you see in the picture below.

  Photo 1 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice

When sewn together, 1 side of the bodice will look like this.

photo 210 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice

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.

photo 32 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice  Match the front trim to the center front bodice panel. Sew to the seam intersection.

photo 42 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice Now sew from the seam intersection to the top edge of the front bodice panel. Trim the seam allowance in half.

photo 52 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice  Press the seam allowance forward.

photo 62 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice Sew the side bodice trim to the side bodice panel.

photo 72 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice Trim seam allowance.

photo 81 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice Now sew the center front panel to the side front panel.

photo 91 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice Trim seam allowance.

photo 101 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice To finish the seam, I like to use a zigzag stitch. simply run the foot along the edge and sew.

photo 111 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice The seam will have a lovely finish that will also be comfortable against the body.

photo 121 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice  Sew the left and right bodice panels together at center front.

photo 13 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice Be sure to stop stitching 3/8″ from the top edge of the seam.

 photo 14 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice

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.

photo 15 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice  Slip the 3″ ribbon through the ring and baste the ends together.

photo 16 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice 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.

photo 17 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice I then place my ribbon loop against the center front seam, making sure that the loop is perfectly vertical.

photo 18 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice 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.

photo 19 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: BodiceTo make the straps adjustable, slide the longer ribbon into the slider.

photo 20 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: BodiceTurn under the raw edge and stitch in place.

photo 211 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice Slide the other end of the ribbon through the ring.

photo 22 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice Hold the slider in one hand,

photo 23 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodiceand thread the ribbon through one side of the slider,

photo 24 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice and then the other.

photo 25 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice The straps are now in place and will be adjustable.

photo 26 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: BodiceThe next step will be to sew the trim facing together. Be sure to trim all seams and press the seams open.

photo 27 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice Be sure to stop sewing 3/8″ away from the top edge of the center front seam.

photo 28 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: BodiceNow match the facing to the bodice and sew in place. Once the seam has been sewn, trim, turn and press.

photo 29 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice

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.

Hope you are enjoying the sew along.

Until next time,

Sew On!!!

Rhonda Buss

www.rhondabuss.blogspot.com

Part 1 Valentine Slip Sew Along: Fabric Choices

 Part 2 Valentine Slip Sew Along: Construction and Bust Adjustments

Part 4 Valentine Slip Sew Along: Finishing Touches

 

Catch part 3 of the video for extra tips on making the Sew Chic Slip. And, be sure to join our Flickr Group to show us your progress.

 

 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice

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One Response to Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3: Bodice

  1. Esther Hopland says:

    I am cutting the slip and realized that piece 8 doesn’t fit piece 6. I am using size 18 and a D cup. I added 1″ in length to piece 6 as per instructions on the pattern and I am not supposed to modify piece 8. It doesn’t fit now. Piece 8 is shorter, please help. Am I supposed to enlarge to fit piece 8 as well?