making with glitz January 28 2014, 3 Comments

A few weeks ago I received a wonderful package from Michael Miller that made me ooh and awww upon opening.  One of the items in the box was a beautiful print from their "Glitz" line.  I've seen some photos popping up on Instagram and on their home blog "Making It Fun" and seeing the line in person does not disappoint.  It was exactly what I needed to get inspired for spring.  The colors and the shine just shout "Easter"!  

Deciding which pattern to create was not a hard decision to make.  The Confetti Border screamed FRILL! I hope you'll agree that this fabric seems made just for this dress.  Also, since it's Kids Clothes Week my niece Ofelia scores another handmade garment.



With a design as feminine as the Ethereal it is important that the inside is just as lovely as the outside.  How the seams lay or what thread you use to top stitch can really make or break a pattern.  About 5 years ago I created a Rooibos dress by Colette Patterns for a class I was teaching at Bolt Fabric in Portland and within the instructions Sarai teaches a method on how to create a beautifully lined bodice.  I will admit I was terribly confused and needed to call my mother in for some guidance.  She instantly (of course) figured out her brilliant method.  The reason I was so confused is because I am a person that learns by doing and photos help A LOT.  I decided that maybe there are more people out there just like me so I took this opportunity to show you a few photos of how I sew my lined bodices thanks to Sarai from Colette.  (Photos like these are included in all Figgy's PDF patterns)


After sewing the lining and the bodice together along the neck line you'll see that the underarms are still raw edged.  Once upon a time I would turn and press these raw edges then topstitch along the shoulder (WHAT A PAIN).  First lay the garment down flat.



Open the bodice along the right side and pull to the left overtop the frill. 



Pull the bodice lining towards the left under the rest of the lining so that the raw edges of the bodice and the lining are right sides facing. Pin the raw edges together. The left side of the bodice and bodice lining will be pulled towards the middle and out of the way so the right sides can face one another.  You will create a "tube" when pinning so be sure that the left side of the bodice is not caught within the pinned area.



Sew along the pinned area (underarm & shoulder).  Again be sure the rest of the bodice is not caught within the seam you are sewing.


Trim the seam and snip in towards the seam without snipping the seam.  Reach inside the tube and pull the bodice and lining right sides out. 



Press the area flat and repeat with the opposite side going the opposite direction.



So gorgeous and simple!


Thank you to Michael Miller for sending me some gorgeous fabric that was a pleasure to work with!

Visit the Michael Miller Blog today to see more photos of Ofelia's new tunic!


Later this week on the blog:  

I'm riding the Imagine Gnats pattern tour train!

Next week:

An Ethereal Pattern highlight. How many different way to use the pattern and the Heavenly Pattern Tour begins and will end with a big giveaway!!


Happy Sewing -  Shelly