With the bodice support all done and corded in the bust, and the skirt all done, it’s almost time to drape the bodice.
I must say, the skirt looks pretty amazing:
To attach the skirt and bodice, I sewed the front skirt to the front bodice, and the back skirt to the back bodice, and then basted the bodice sides together with wrong sides together, to make draping the ruching easier.
Once the ruching is done, I’ll unpick the basting and sew the bodice right sides together, and then sew the skirt side seams.
The bodice is just pinned up the centre back while I drape the ruching. I’ll set in a covered zip and buttons after the ruching is done.
To make sure that the ruching lies smoothly over the bodice, and that the cording doesn’t show, I’ve covered the bust with very fine flannel. It makes Shell’s bust look enormous, but it will all be proportional once the ruching goes on. For now, it just makes be laugh.
Before I could begin draping, we had to check one last thing. The most important thing of all.
Yep. Dance happy, boogie worthy, all good to go!