Last week, I wrote a post over at Rina’s Reflections (now called Into Still Waters) about a beautiful blog I’d discovered which inspired me to create a more beautiful life. In that post, I mentioned some of my goals for bringing more peace and beauty into my home and I thought it would be fun to take others along in my homemaking journey. To do this, I’ll be joining forces with the prolific mommy over at Rocks in my Dryer who has a wonderful thread called “Works For Me Wednesday” where moms all over the internet gather to share their ideas on everything from cooking and organization to beauty secrets. So each Wednesday, I’ll take this opportunity to post something new I’ve learned in my quest for a more pleasant home life. If you’re a mom like me who doesn’t know how to cook, barely knows how to sew, is desperately unorganized, and has very little decorating sense… there’s hope! We can make our homes run smoothly, serve our families delicious meals, and create beauty around us. We just have to learn how! And that’s what Works For Me Wednesday is all about.
This week, I’ve been working on sewing the girls some new jumpers and thanks to my good friend over at Virtuous Daughters, I actually know how to do that. So for my first “Works For Me Wednesday” I thought I’d pass the favor along to others who really want to learn how to sew, but may not know where to start. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to make an entire dress today, but I have managed to put together a bodice and next week I’ll post instructions for sewing on the skirt. I’ve taken lots of sewing pictures for those of you visual learners, like me, and coupled them with written instructions. These instructions will work for any bodice that has one piece for the front and one for the back – it will not work with bodices that need zippers or buttons (which is a good thing as I don’t know how to do either one!) Please forgive me if I get my sewing terms wrong. Hopefully the pictures will help to clarify. If you have any tips or helpful suggestions, I’d love to hear them! And if you have questions… head on over to Virtuous Daughters and ask her. ;o)
1.) From your pattern, cut out two bodice fronts and two bodice backs. One will be your lining. Sew the bodice fronts to the bodice backs at the shoulders, right sides together.
2.) Open the bodices and place them flat on your work surface, one on top of the other, with right sides together.
3.) Stitch around the head opening and then cut out little triangles all around the opening (as you can see from the pictures, I did this backwards, but it’s a lot easier to stitch the opening FIRST!
4.) Turn lining to the inside and press.
5.) Fold both armholes on one side so that the rest of the bodice is sandwiched between them. Roll up the other side and place it between these armholes.
6.) Stitch armholes (but NOT sides)
7.) Cut triangles around armholes (I forgot to take a picture of this)
8.) Turn right side out through the shoulder.
9.) Repeat steps 5-8 for the other side.
10.) Open sides of bodice and sew them, right sides together.
11.) Flip right-side-out and iron.