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New Look 6824 - Nightmare Bodice Instructions!
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Date: 8/25/09 7:47 PM

I'm not a beginer but after taking a couple of yrs off, am sewing again. Have made several itmes sucessfully this summer, but I am really stuck on this pattern. May be a misprint, poor illustration or I'm losing my mind -

I am sewing the view A bodice (for dress A-H-J) I am supposed to be on step 13: "Open out lining @ side edges. W right sides together pin side seams, matching armhole seams. In one continuous stitching, stitch entire side seam from lower edge of bodice to lining."

Well, I have followed all of the steps up to this & my bodice matches the illustrations through step 12. BUT I am not able to get my bodice to the point where I can do what is directed in step 13! I tried pinning this up every which & it is just not coming out looking like the illustration for step 13.

I went through my pattern stash, and the closeest design to this I can find is McCalls 5042. Now that one's instructions more closely match the way I learned to sew & turn a sleeveless bodice such as this. (Laying out the bodice after the neckline is sewn - it kind of looks like 10, 2, 4 & 8 o'clock. Then you sew the side seams & turn it.)

Don't know if I should take some of this apart & try that or not. This is in broadcloth, so I can't sew & re-sew too much. Thankfully, I am not using the expensive fabrice on this one!

If anyone has any advice, or has used this pattern, I would really appreciate it. I hate being stuck like this.

Thanks So Much!
Lisa

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Date: 8/26/09 9:30 AM

Can you post a few pictures of your bodice and how it's put together so far? That should help us figure out how to help you complete your next step. Maybe you sewed something something to early and closed up your chance to do this? Pictures will definately help. Looking forward to helping you figure it out!

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Date: 8/26/09 10:26 AM

Hi, maybe they mean to sew only the bodice front and the lining together at side seams only and then leave the shoulders and bottom open, so it can be turned inside out. It would help to see the illustration from the instruction sheet so we can have an idea what they are talking about.

I have sewn since I was a child and also owned my own fabric shop, and I can attest that pattern companies do make mistakes in their instructions and also occasionally pieces do not exactly fit as they should, so there could also be an outside chance this is the problem, too!
Joyce

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Date: 8/26/09 5:18 PM

I'll try & get a photo up of the "mystery bodice" and the spot where I am stuck on the instructions.

I've been sick the last few days, and I thought in my down time I could finish this. (Uh, huh.)

Until I can post the shots, I will add that the lining & fabbric are sewn together in one continuous line from the back, inside straps, neckline, and same thing on the underarm sides if that makes sense. Onlly thing open is are side seams front to bck. I think that is where I went wrong.

Maybe it's this fever!

Thanks for the Help!

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Date: 8/26/09 6:50 PM

I haven't made this pattern yet, but I made a bunch of versions of a New Look dress with a similar bodice. Here is what I did after sewing the princess seams:

1. Sew the shoulder seams of the fashion fabric.
2. Sew the shoulder seams of the lining.
3. Pin the lining to the fashion fabric at the neckline and the armholes, right sides together. Baste/stitch. Leave the side seams unsewn for now.
4. Turn the lining to the inside *through* the shoulder. Press.
5. Sew up the side seams. You should be able to sew both the fashion fabric and lining side seam for each side in a continuous line.

Hope this helps (or at least makes a little more sense than the NL instructions).

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2014 Fabric Sewn: 38 yards
2014 Fabric Donated: 50 yards
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Date: 8/26/09 9:17 PM

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Michelle, this is exactly what I just did. (Great minds!)

I sat down on the floor w the directions to a similar design and saw that in comparison the NL directions & illustration were not to be relied on. I find that part of the "trick" is to lay it down so you see the parts kind of like 10, 2, 4 & 8 on the clock. (NL's definition of "open out" is a bit off, I think.)

I hope to attach the skirt in the next couple of days & finish this puppy. Next time, I will remember NOT to follow the NL directions at "lucky" step 13 (hmm. bad joke on their part?), but to do my own thing.

Thanks Again,
Lisa

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