Avery Dress Sew-Along // Day 3

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Today is all about the bodice. We'll attach the collar and the lining, then get those buttonholes all in a row. Again, all seam allowances are 1/2" unless noted otherwise.

Lay your main bodice (not the lining) out on the table with the right side up. With the right side of the collar facing up, align the notch on the collar with the center back notch on the back bodice and pin in place. The front edge of the collar should align with the front notches. Pin around the inside edge of the collar. Baste the collar to the bodice close to the raw edge (1/4" seam allowance).

Place the bodice lining over the outer bodice with right sides together. Pin around the neckline and down each front edge, sandwiching the collar in between. Stitch with a 3/4" seam allowance up the front edges and a 1/2" seam allowance around the neckline.

Clip the front corners and trim the neckline cure to 1/4" seam allowance. Clip the curve, but do not cut into the stitching.

Turn the bodice right side out and press all finished edges well. Push out the corners with a blunt tool. Press the collar down. Topstitch each finished front edge and around the neckline underneath the collar.

Baste the remaining raw edges (sides, font bottom, and back bottom).

Create 7 horizontal buttonholes on the left side of the front bodice where you marked them on Day 1. The buttonholes should be 1/2" wide for sizes 2T to 5 or 3/4" wide for sizes 6 to 10. Be sure to create a test hole in scrap fabrics to ensure a good fit with your buttons.

Overlap the front edges of the front bodice 3/4" and align the front edges with the notches of the opposite side. Baste close to the raw edge at the overlap. Done for today!

See the rest of the Avery Sew-Along here:

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  1. I have a question about how far to overlap the front edges of avery. In the picture above the edges are lined up with the notches, which makes is seem off for sewing buttons on the edge underneath. When I read the directions from the pattern, it reads: overlap the front edges of the Front Bodice 3/4", aligning the notches at the bottom, to me that means you match up the notches with each other (which also give more space for sewing on buttons), not the edges. Wondering which way is correct?? Don't want to mess up the room needed for sewing buttons or the width. Thanks.

    1. Thank you for contacting us. If you align the notches, the overlap will be more like 1.5" which would affect the collar at the top. The overlap should only be the 3/4" as noted. The buttons underneath will be close to the edge and will not show. I hope that helps! Let us know if you have any other questions!


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