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Date: 5/4/12 10:45 PM

Ok, I'm almost done with this shirt for my sister, but I'm having a problem trying to figure out this last step!
There are only 2 reviews here on PR and I emailed the member who made the top beautifully, but no response, so I'm turning to all of you experts out there to help me, please!

I'm trying to attach the bodice to the "skirt" of this flouncy top
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Here's the instructions, which are quite vague (IMHO)
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Now, here's where I'm stuck! There is A LOT of extra fabric on the "skirt" of the pattern than on the bodice. I'm not sure how to "ease" this into place. It doesn't call for gathers and by reading the instructions and looking at the pictures, it's supposed to hang on the sides to have this handerchief like hemline. I can't, however, figure out how I'm supposed to attach the two with all this extra fabric. Fold it? What?
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Any help you can provide is GREATLY appreciated! I want to finish this top for her and MOVE ON! I can't believe I can't figure this out!! Thanks in advance!!!!

PS - Sorry I can't insert the pics... I've never been able to do that from my computer!
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Subject: Need help with McCalls 6119 Date: 5/5/12 0:27 AM

One of phrases in the instructions states, 'adjust ease' somewhere it must have said to run a gathering/ease stitch. I would sew 1 row of stitching with a large stitch around the top of the 'skirt' and that should be enough to bring it in.

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Date: 5/5/12 3:14 AM

Are you "stretching elastic while stitching" - ? I assume that means there is elastic on the bottom of the bodice. If that doesn't take up most of the slack, I'd take in the sides of the "skirt".

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Date: 5/5/12 10:13 AM

I agree, there is an "ease" here somewhere and it mentions elastic. From what I can see in the photos, there is not a lot of extra fabric, so stretching the elastic should take care of it.

Hope you are planning on reviewing this
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Subject: Need help with McCalls 6119 Date: 5/5/12 5:16 PM

Actually there is A LOT of xtra fabric... it's just hard to see in the pics.

I re-read the instructions. It says to easestitch the bottom of the bodice piece, but that makes no sense since it's the "skirt" that is the longer/bigger piece of fabric.

And even stretching out the elastic (it's not very bunched) would give me maybe another 1" or so and there is easily 8"+ of extra fabric on EACH side!

I'm guess I'm going to have to just gather the 'skirt' portion as I can't see another way to do it! If I had enough balls, I would try to use my differential on the serger to do it, but I've only done this once on knits and if I screw up my fabric I'm totally SOL!

Oh well... let's see what i can come up with... review to follow!

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Subject: Need help with McCalls 6119 Date: 5/5/12 5:28 PM

First try matching the pattern pieces to see how much ease there really is. (walking the seams) If the pattern pieces seem correct it is time to go to the fabric.
Take the fabric and matching it back with the pattern piece. It is very common for fabric to "grow" when it is not cut on the grain. Put the pattern piece down and lay the fabric on top. You will likely have to shift the fabric and "play it" into place. If that works then you could try to put a length of scotch tape inside the seam allowance to "stay" the seam.
I hope that helps - I'm better at showing than telling!

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Date: 5/5/12 7:38 PM

OMG... I am a total IDIOT!

So I pull the pattern piece out as suggested and line it up... no, the fabric hasn't stretched, but then I notice on the SIDES that is says 'hem 5/8'. I'm like, why would you hem the sides??? So I pull out the instructions again and look more closely at the step BEFORE the one where I'm stuck and I find my problem!

I sewed the literal sides together, but not what the pattern calls for. It wants what I think of as the TOP to be partially sewn together to create the handkerchief hem!! So I sewed the wrong "sides" together and created my own problem!

Now I have to cut the seams I did make. Sew the ACTUAL sides together and then re-hem the edges of the seam I had to cut which is a cute rolled hem on the serger. I feel like a total dunce!

Thanks for all the help... at least it got me to find my problem! Hopefully I can finish this off today!

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Date: 5/5/12 9:03 PM

We've all been there at least once.

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Date: 5/5/12 9:38 PM

We have all been there at least once
Or twice.

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Subject: Need help with McCalls 6119 Date: 5/6/12 0:27 AM

Ok... finished the garment! Thanks to all who responded!

The review is posted!!

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