About a week ago I found this great pattern at Joann’s Fabric during one of their weekly sales. Yes, I bought a few because they were only $0.99 cents. I have always wanted to sew different sleeves on a bodice so McCall’s M6992 was my choice. Follow along this pictorial with me:
I used the view that is featured on this pattern below. I only used two fabric choices. A pink stretch knit and black stretch lace.
(CUT OUT YOUR DESIRED PATTERN PIECES, ONLY USE SCISSORS FOR PAPER. MIXING YOUR SCISSORS WILL DULL YOUR BLADES EG. A ROTARY CUTTER SHOULD ONLY BE USED FOR YOUR FABRIC)
First I used my Fiskars rotary cutter to cut my sleeve pattern pieces with this pink stretch knit. I cut two pieces for the front and back to create seams.
I love this tool but never cut on paper or it will stop working for your fabric. Trust me this happened to me ONCE!!!!!!!!!!!
Lay out your lace. I used this black stretch lace that I purchased from Hancock Fabrics
Cut out the front overlay. I use metal washers as pattern weights instead of using pins.
Sew the pieces of the bodice front and bodice back together. Notice I used binder clips to keep the edges approximated instead of using pins.
Keep going while removing the binder clips once you reach the pressor foot.
By using the binder clips and a 1/4 inch seam allowance, look how approximated the edges are. A nice neat finish.
Set the tension on your serger (if you don’t have one use a zig zag stitch) to finishes the seams of your bodice pieces.
Okay, now lay out your lace to get your stretch in the desired direction. This will be used for the front lay over piece and for the sleeves. I was a little nervous cutting the lace, but it wasn’t as delicate as I thought. I used the rotary cutter with no problem.
Here i used Stich Witchery to create a hem for the lace bodice overlay. I thought it would make the machine stitch more stable. I probably won’t do this part again because I almost ruined my iron. I know I should have used a rolled hem but I don’t know how to do that yet. ( Don’t judge me). lol
Once the lace pattern pieces were cut they became more unstable, so i fixed the lace lay over to the bodice front and trimmed the excess. This only needed a trim because I have to account for seam allowance because the front bodice was not cut on a fold. (Remember I cut the two bodice pieces in two instead of on the fold
Attach the sleeves (using the binder clips) and measure your neck to make a neck band.
Note: This is the first time I used a commercial pattern for the pieces and did not follow their directions. So if you purchase the pattern I definitely didn’t follow them. In fact I didn’t even read them. lol
I used 4 inch bias binding for the neck band, waist band and sleeve band. I am obsessed with finishes. I even had enough scraps left over to attempt shorts. Well i loved them.