|Voge 8251 - View D|
|Simplicity 5006 - Petticoat patterns|
I sewed up a skirt muslin in the same lovely green cotton I used for Lindsey's overdress muslin. It's inside out here. I cut a size 14, and it was just big enough that I could use it for all 3 girls, and I just pinned it in at the waist, and took that amount off the side seams. What an easy pattern!Courtney's top here is a straight 14. It fit very well, but it was a little loose around her ribs, and it was a tiny bit snug around her hips. She's got more curves than the pattern! Bonus!
The straps are very wide. I like them, but on Courtney's thin frame, they were a bit overwhelming. Lindsey voted that I take them in to be only 1" wide. They were the perfect length, though.
I'm a sucker for anything with a racer back, so I absolutely loved this pattern. I can't wait to make one for myself. I finished the back edges with a rolled hem, as per the instructions, and the stretch satin was a dream to work with. It turned out beautifully, and it fit perfectly across her back.
The front tucks are very cute, and I loved how easy it was to finish the upper edge of the top with a band.
This is how the top fit after I took it in at the ribs and let it out at the hips. Much better. The straps are also 1" wide here.I experimented with the straps until I figured out how to make it look more criss-crossy. I sewed the straps together in one long loop, and I crossed them at the top closest to her neck, and fed them through the strap holes in front, and the lower strap is just straight through. I think it looks very cool. It's just pinned here (the bulky bit on the left). It looked even better when I sewed it closed and pressed the straps.
I love the ruching down the sides! I simply sewed 1/4" channels on the side seams, and inserted elastic, as per the instructions. We tweaked the length of the elastic a couple times until it was just right. I sewed them down close to the top and bottom edges.
I sewed the outer layer of the skirt, and I just pinned it at the center back to make sure it fit. It was perfect. I added an invisible zipper and lining after this.