1950s Wrap Dress Bodice Construction

50s wrap sun dress Bodice DoneDoes it make sense to have a pattern with minimal pieces, full instructions (with real photographs nonetheless) and still make blunders?  Hey, step into my Lyrically styled world.  I am cracking myself up.  Well, here we go with the continuation of my 50s style wrap sun dress pattern testing.

Loran highly rcommended stay stitching the edges of the bodice. She even said we would be sad if we did not.  Honestly, I did not measure where to put the stay stitching.  I eye-balled and did the stitching a skosh away from the pinked edges.  Then, I noticed the fabric . . . .

Stay Stitching Bunch

I believe the tension on my machine needs adjusting because the fabric gathered as I stay stitched.  The funny thing is when I sew two fabrics together  there is no such “gathering”.  It only happened when I did one layer of fabric.  Oh, and by the way, I am using a cotton fabric, medium weight.  Sew, straight to the iron I go hoping smoothing the threads and pressing will help.  Oy vey!  I decided to keep it moving.  On to the bias tape.  Oh boy!!

I had a time of it installing this tape.  First of all, I went to my stash and you know I had 1.5 packages of two different 1/4″ yellow tapes, right!!!  The other day  I stopped by Wally World and they had only the .5″ wide tape and Loran advised against using the double wide tape.  JoAnn Fabrics is 70 miles away (literally) and I do not have the time to mail order tape, not to mention shipping fees.  make-do with  what I have then.  I am telling myself, “It’s only a muslin and I can wear this dress around our farm” and keep it moving

Second of all — the dang tape is “uneven”.  I don’t mean it was manufactured that way, oh noooo, “I” installed it incorrectly apparently.  Here is what I did:

  1. Opened the short side
  2. Placed the right side of the tape to the right side of my fabric
  3. Sewed the tape in the opened fold of the short side
  4. Brought the longer side of the tape to the back of the fabric
  5. Stitched bias tape on the right side, catching in the longer side on the inside of the dress

I did not pin the tape in place.  Loran mentioned it would be easier to stretch the tape around the curves if it was not pinned in place.  What I ran into while stitching the tape:

“Some” areas there was too much fabric to be totally encased into the bias tape fold after bringing it up and over the edge of the fabric.  Therefore, in spots (the wrong side) you see the pinked edges of the fabric.20160725_083051Stay stitching is visible along the whole of the bodice.  I am thinking that means I should stitch closer to the pinked edge. ???Stay Stitching showing

Considering the bunching of fabric and the visible stay stitching; perhaps I should rip out the stay stitching on the other bodice side.  The thing is . . I do not want to re-stitch if my machine needs repair.  I do not know how to adjust (fix) the tension mechanism.  In the past when I have turned the knob in any direction . . . nothing happened.  Stitches did not lengthen or shorten.  Okay, for the fun of it tomorrow I will get a piece of scrap fabric from this project and lay with the knob and see if I get a looser stitch.  if I see no difference in moving the knob I will go ahead a install the bias tape and then trim close to the stitching making sure the edge is enclosed.  IF I do get a looser stitch I will rip and re-sew the edge stitching closer to the pinking.

We’re almost there!

Stay tuned my sweets,



3 thoughts on “1950s Wrap Dress Bodice Construction

  1. Pingback: 1950s Wrap Dress: Lyrical Reveal – Sew Lyrically Vintage

  2. Hi, just wanted to let you know that on clicking in the link to read more, or clicking on the title of the entry for today, I was taken each time to a page that said “page not found”. I had to search for your blog by name to get to it. Broken link somehow? Now to go back and read the blog post.


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