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From: cjkKIDSmom
Date: 02-18-2004, 02:35 PM (1 of 6)
HI, I was searching the net for some help and it lead me here. GREAT SITE lots of information!! I just didn't see what I was looking for. I'm not a big sewer, just an occasional simple outfit for my little girl and sometimes sports themed embellished bib overalls as special gifts.

I am currently working a dress and I'm lost in the pattern directions. I've completed the bodice and started the bottom (skirt half) The skirt needs to be gathered, I think I've got that far, as the directions stated I've stitched along seam line (5/8) from raw edge, then 1/4 inside that seam line using long stitch. Did that sound correct so far?

Now it states (where I get lost) "With right sides together to pin skirt to bodice at waistline seam, matching centers, placing small dots at side seams on bodice and remaining fold lines at front edges of bodice. Pull up gathering stitches to fit. Baste."

I've pinned it together at the raw edge witch is above the seam lines (meaning that the stitches are still showing on the front side of the dress) The pattern has a Waist line marking on it. should I be pinning the bodice to the waistline seam??? Or will I end up cutting that much of the bodice off when its complete??? Reading the rest of the directions, it does not mention the waist line markings from on the pattern at all, where do they fall in place ?

Thank so much for reading.
User: cjkKIDSmom
Member since: 02-18-2004
Total posts: 4
From: Waterbaby
Date: 02-18-2004, 03:01 PM (2 of 6)
Okay, I am far from an expert but I'll give you my take on it and then someone can add on.

Before you attempt to attach the skirt to bodice, make sure your 2 rows of gathering stiches have long tails so that you can pull them to gather.

When pinning the skirt to bodice, I always imagine that photo of Marilyn Monroe with her skirt flipped up over the subway vent. Hem toward the collar and right sides together.

I think the waist line you are speaking of is just a marking on the pattern to show where the child's natural waist line is. It is used to make adjustments not for stitching.

I'm confused by your 'stitches showing' but if they are your gathering stiches they can come out after you sew your seam.

I hope this helps a little.
User: Waterbaby
Member since: 02-18-2004
Total posts: 2
From: cjkKIDSmom
Date: 02-18-2004, 03:14 PM (3 of 6)
Thank You for the fast reply. That it part of what confused me, it didn't state that the gathering stitches should come out after sewing the seam.
I'm hoping to post a picture of the outfit on the site when it's completed.

Thanks again,
Blessings for Happy Stitching. :bluesmile
User: cjkKIDSmom
Member since: 02-18-2004
Total posts: 4
From: woodywoodpecker
Date: 02-18-2004, 08:34 PM (4 of 6)
I'm assuming your gathering stitches are between your 5/8" stitching line and the raw edges of the material, and then when you sew your top and bottom together you would sew on your previous 5/8 stitching line and your gathering threads wouldn't show on the outside.
User: woodywoodpecker
Member since: 11-07-2003
Total posts: 242
From: stitchmd
Date: 02-18-2004, 09:35 PM (5 of 6)
I prefer to sew my seam between the two rows of gathering stitches as it helps keep the gathers even and stable as they go under the foot. Pulling out the stitches that show is a pain, but worth it for the results. This is a good use for cheap thread that breaks easily.
User: stitchmd
Member since: 02-25-2003
Total posts: 226
From: MaryW
Date: 02-19-2004, 10:03 AM (6 of 6)
Yup, I use up all my weird colours on gathering, etc.
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
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