To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:3

Friday, February 22, 2013

1863 Dress Project: Working on the Bodice... is time.  Time to make the bodice out of my fashion fabric.  Ugh.  I hate making bodices to be quite frank!  Skirts....easy peasy!  Hats?  A cinch!  Corsets?  Ok, not so simple, but oh so much better than working with bodices.  I do not know why, but I believe bodices to be one of the banes of my existence!  Honest!  I do however have high hopes for this one as the mock fit perfectly!  We shall see....

Here is the basic shape...fits pretty well so far!  Yeah!!!

Playing around with the trim on Emma.....Hoping it won't be a super pain in the rear to sew on....

Right then...the velvet ribbon has been pinned on and I am using the camera and flash technique to make sure that the pieces are facing the same way....looks good....

Huzzah!!  Or so I thought.  I worked for hours making sure the ribbon and soutache were perfectly placed...hours more sewing everything on the way it was supposed to be, put the bodice on Emma, stood back and was really getting excited.....then to my horror, I saw it.  The thing I did wrong......

Why is it that with every project, and I mean EVERY project, there are colossal quantities of time spent ripping out something...a seam, a hem, in this case soutache?  Why?  I don't ask for a lot.  Just for a project to run smoothly.  It's not like I am asking for a million bucks or for there to be a worm hole I can travel through!  Just that one project will not involve the use of my seam ripper!!!!

Sorry, I totally digressed!  Ok, so anyway, I ripped out all the soutache on the left side of the bodice as it was all wrong.  If you look close enough you will catch it.  Go ahead...look.  It's alright.  I am fine with it now, because last night at midnight when I couldn't sleep because my OCD was screaming in my head to get my butt out of bed and fix the mess, I did just that.  Grrrrrrrrrr.....Oh well, all is well now!!  Yeah!!!!  

I'll post those pictures later!!


  1. Sorry, can't see it. It looks gorgeous. I'm in awe of your awesomeness.

  2. Sweetie, I don't see it, either! But I can't wait to see the bodice when you've fixed the error!

  3. Oh you ladies are so sweet!! Ok, so on the left hand side of the bodice, you will see the soutache is one "square" short...example...on the top tab, I counted 11 "squares" on the right side and only 10 "squares" on the left...I counted out the squares from the armscye, knowing it would make the soutache even from the sides...but then for some reason I thought that making the right side shorter would be was not. So I fixed it...I will make a new post with the revamped soutache and it will look better....