Let’s make a simple bodice:
Cut your chosen bodice material 5cm x 6cm
Fold the top over about 1-1.5cm and crease flat with the back of your finger nail
With the folded edge on the inside, wrap the bodice around the wooden peg so the seam will be at the back
Hold one edge tight to the peg and turn the otherside in to make a neat edge. Hold the fabric together with a pin
Use a strong sewing thread of similar colour to your fabric. Thread a needle (the smallest you can find!) and tie a knot in the end of the thread. Take the needle through the fabric at the bottom hiding your knot under one of the folds. Oversew the two pieces of fabric together along the whole length of the body pulling it tight around the peg as you go. Finish off your thread by passing it back through the stitching. Cut the thread off close to the bodice.
This seam will be covered so don’t worry too much about what it looks like. The bodice however, should fit tightly around the peg. This can be a little bit fiddly so take the time to get this pinned on in the right place before you stitch it on.
Your finished bodice should look something like this:
Send me a comment if you are unsure!
Lesson three (skirt) coming soon…