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Date: 6/6/13 2:23 PM

I am making McCalls M6017 Ė a dress for my granddaughter. There are three pieces, a bodice, a middle piece, and a bottom ruffle.

The bodice has a lining which both are then turned under a ľĒ on the bottom. I ruffled the middle piece. The middle piece is then sandwiched in-between the bodice and bodice lining.

I was able to sew the middle piece to the bodice lining now Iím trying to sew the outside of the bodice to what Iíve done so far.

Every time the bodice looks good pinned Ė the two pieces are the same size and flat Ė but when I try to sew it moves a little bit and I end up with too much bodice at the end of the seam.

What am I doing wrong? Any suggestions?

I've ripped the bodice apart so many times I'm afraid I'm going to start leaving holes in the fabric.

I really am ready to admit defeat and toss the dress in the garbage and stick to making pajama pants.

-- Edited on 6/6/13 2:25 PM --

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Date: 6/6/13 2:26 PM

Would it help to put the area that gets bigger, on the feed dogs? Please don't get discouraged. It's a cute pattern and you've come so far Can you post pictures? That might help too.

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Date: 6/6/13 2:27 PM

I would try basting it together with a thread and needle. Use small stitches to keep everything lined up the way you want it.

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Date: 6/6/13 2:32 PM

You could try putting the bodice piece on the bottom so the machine would ease it in a bit.

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Date: 6/6/13 3:03 PM

As the others have recommended and what pattern companies have not learned, put the longer layer next to the feed dogs and they will help ease in the extra fabric.

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Date: 6/6/13 3:42 PM

As kkkkaty said, it's time for basting. Not only can you use smaller stitches than usual for your basting, you can sew two parallel rows to be sure nothing shifts before machine stitching.

Use lots of pins close together, sit somewhere comfortable with the TV or radio on and take your time. It doesn't matter if this takes more than one session since this is THE LAST TIME you will have to fool with it.

When I sew patchwork by hand, I turn the piece over to see where the needle comes out before completing the stitch on any of the fussy bits. Crossing seams and beginning and ending the thread is where I like to be extra certain. I accept it will take more time and I try to enjoy the process.

Good luck! I'm sure this will be a beautiful dress.

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Date: 6/6/13 3:59 PM

I don't know how to post pictures Ė Iím asked for an http and I donít have one Ė donít understand what itís asking for.

I tried basting it by hand sewing but got the same result Ė looked great until I machine sewed it.

The part that has extra fabric at the end is the front (outside) of the dress. Wonít putting the dress in the machine on the feed dogs mean that I have a greater chance of not being exact then itíll show more because itís on the outside? Does that make sense?

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Date: 6/6/13 4:15 PM



If basting doesn't help, then I would either start in the middle, and stitch to each end... or vice versa: start from one end, and stop when you get to the middle; then swing around to the other side and repeat. Adjust as you go. This will help you make sure the gathers in the skirt tier are evenly distributed along the length of the bodice. And since you're starting at the end, you'll make sure the ends line up.

It took me a VERY LONG TIME before I made my peace with gathering. It's still not my first love by a long shot, but things have gotten easier--and I don't have to redo things quite so often!

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Date: 6/6/13 4:17 PM

I'm going to take a real leap with this. It's a child's dress. Lots of ruffles and frou frou. If the extra fabric only amounts to a tiny pleat or dart, you are the only one who is going to know it's there. If you can't make it go away and want it to look like it's meant to be there, pin out the extra on each side so it matches...Wa La....a design feature

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Date: 6/6/13 4:17 PM

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The part that has extra fabric at the end is the front (outside) of the dress. Wonít putting the dress in the machine on the feed dogs mean that I have a greater chance of not being exact then itíll show more because itís on the outside? Does that make sense?


Are you topstitching it? Is that what the pattern suggests?

I'd change the order and sew the bodice front to the gathered skirt and then hand stitch the bodice lining down afterwards.

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