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Phoenix22
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Date: 4/3/13 12:43 PM

Hi,

I know this has been asked before but neither thread has helped me, and I'm desperate for some advice!

I'm trying to attach the back facing to the dress and the instructions are not very clear:

'With RIGHT sides together, pin back facing to bodice back (over bodice front), matching notches and small dots at sides. Stitch side and upper edge, leaving an opening between small and large dots on bodice back for Views B, C and E to insert straps later.'

I'm probably being stupid, but I just can't get it right. I don't want to end up ruining the dress :-/

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks :-)

Sammy

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Date: 4/3/13 1:22 PM

Is this New Look? Or McCall's? Both have dresses w/ this number! It seems to be the New Look, because of the mention of straps for those views.

What I would suggest is to make a practice piece. Yes, a muslin, but in this case more for trying the steps out than for fitting. Get some cheap fabric (whatever is on sale locally - try Walmart even), 1 yard is definitely enough, you could probably do it w/ less.

Cut out and sew just the bodice up to this point. (It says something about the front, so I'm not sure if there have been front facings already or not.) Use contrasting thread and a lo-o-o-ong stitch length (i.e., machine baste) so it is easy to rip out and redo as many times as you need.

Also carefully examine any illustrations - including the key at the beginning that tells you which is the right/wrong side of the fabric.

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Date: 4/3/13 4:17 PM

Thank you - it is a New Look pattern.

I've tried making a mock up and tested it a few times but it's just not clicking. I was hoping somebody had made it and could talk me through it.

I'll have another go with it tomorrow I think :-)

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Date: 4/3/13 5:38 PM


Sammy,
Hi I made this dress before and was a total newbie at that point and totally struggled with the part of the instructions you are on. I believe you pin the right side of the back facing to the right side of the bodice back.Make sure you match your notches and dots and leave an opening between the small and large dots, this is where you will place your shoulder straps.I hope this helps
-- Edited on 4/3/13 5:38 PM --

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Date: 4/3/13 9:34 PM

If anyone wants to view the instructions being discussed, you can go to PrintSew.com, click on New Look, click on this pattern, and open up a PDF of the instructions.

Hope this helps others help you :)

PrintSew

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Date: 4/4/13 1:21 AM

Ok...I see what they mean but not sure if I can explain it so that it makes sense..lol.
Pin your front and back bodices together at the side seams (as in step 8 on that section)
Now, with your garment inside out, lay your garment on a flat surface with the back underneath and with the front bodice sitting uppermost.
Now, lay your back bodice facing, right side down, directly over the top of your garment - over the front bodice so that the front bodice is in between the back bodice facing and the back bodice. You will have 3 layers...back facing on top, front bodice in the middle and then back bodice on the bottom. Now, pin the back facing to the back bodice along the previously pinned side seams and along the top. You will have to wriggle the front down a little inside the 2 layers so you expose the back bodice. Your front bodice should be sandwiched in between, but make sure the top edge is not caught in the pins, just the side seam that you had pinned in step 8.
Now, stitch as directed and then turn your facing over to the back and you should have your facing attached and the side seam neatly enclosed under the back facing.
I hope this makes a bit of sense :)
-- Edited on 4/4/13 1:22 AM --

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Date: 4/4/13 2:21 PM

Thank you all so much for your replies, I really appreciate your time and advice :-)

I finally managed to sort it out, and am so pleased! :-D

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