Miss Dixie O’Dare Sun Dress Sew-A-Long Part 2

Sun Dress Bodice

Finally, getting to the fun stuff of the Miss Dixie O’Dare Sun Dress Sew-A-Long.  Today I was able to mark the pattern pieces and start sewing seams!   Since I don’t have a pinnable dressform I had to be my own form, LOL.  The above photo shows my bodice before stitching the side seams.  The sizing for the pattern is as follows:  “34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44 and 46 which means the finished garment measurements for the bust will be 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45 and 47”.  My girls are 40″ around the largest part (not the under the arms measurement; i.e., high bust) so you would think I should cut out the size 40.  Nooo, I did tissue fitting (thank you Gertie) and honeys child I cut out the largest size and look above at how that bodice is snuggling the twins.  By rights I suppose I should have cut the 40 and done a FBA??  Really, I didn’t have the wherewithall for all of that today and for this project.   The pattern calls for buttons and has overlap/facing for them.  I, on the other hand, will be installing a zipper, humph.  So, I will probably be cutting away some fabric at the back.

I ran out of daylight and probably not at a bad time.  I have read and re-read how to attach the trim to the bodice.  Just now I went over to Dixie’s site to see what she had to say about it.  Here is a comment I just posted:

“For some reason I am SOS (stuck on stupid) with attaching the trim to the bodice. I have read it here now, I read it a gazillion times earlier today when sewing so here’s what I am going to do . . I will sew the puppy right side of trim to wrong side of bodice, enclose anything hanging out that I don’t like with bias binding and keep it moving.”

My scallops are not as pronounced as I would have liked.  That probably means I should rip and re-do my piping, right!!!  We’ll see about that.  Time is winding down for this project and Miss Dixie says she MIGHT do a give-a-way for those who finish this on time.  I love piping, I do, I do, I do.  Okay, that means rip and redo.  Daaaag, stay outta my conscience yaw’ll.

Stay tuned for Part 3 the next sewing session.  I have to work tomorrow and Friday  so they are probably a wash.  There’s always Saturday after service!!!




Sobriety from electronic sewing machines since 2012

4 thoughts on “Miss Dixie O’Dare Sun Dress Sew-A-Long Part 2

  1. dixieodare

    There really isn’t any hard and fast rules about how you sew your dress together, which is why I included the original instructions with the pdf, as well as my posts. Home Journal pattern instructions are notoriously vague, so a lot of it is down to your personal interpretation of how it should go together. As long as it fits and looks good in the end, that’s all that matters!

    Love the fabric choice by the way, I could totally imagine it being worn in 1949!


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