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Putting together a dress
How to connect a skirt to a bodice
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Date: 5/31/12 2:22 PM

Hello Patternreviewers!

Had a question for anyone out there who's worked with both corsets and skirts. I am making a dress that will have a boned corset (boned only at the edges and not in multiple panels) that reaches just below the bust and a long skirt to create an empire waist baby doll dress.

What's the best way to connect the two? Sew the skirt to the inner side of the bodice so it falls somewhat "upside-down", or sew it in between the layers of the bodice before I close it? Are there any other ways you might suggest?

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In reply to NeemieNinj

Date: 6/1/12 3:15 AM

I work with boned bodices on my Elizabethan and Rococo dresses. When you say it's boned at the edges, I'm assuming that you mean at the side seams.
The problem I hear that you're having is that the inside doesn't look finished like a normal lined dress. In this case, I think
I would suggest building it the way wedding dresses are sewn. Just sew the to the bodice as normal. Then you can finish the seam on the inside with a serger, or bias binding.
In my Rennaisance dresses, I fold a few inches at the top of the skirt towards the inside, so that the part I sew to the dress is a finished edge.
Another thing I've seen done is to sew a narrow waistband on the skirt, and then handsew the waistband inside the bottom of the corset so that the waistband no longer shows.

Please excuse any typos, ipad keyboards are hard for me.

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