Here is the back (my favorite part):
And the front:
Without further ado, the tutorial for the main corset dress.
I like to put warnings on my tutorials, kind of a "head's up". I am new to sewing (been sewing for about 3 months or so now), so I don't always have the sewing jargon down and a lot of my stuff is just eyeballing or guesstimating. I wrote down my measurements and can tell you exactly how I made THIS dress, what I would change, etc. I suggest reading through the entire tutorial before committing. If you have a better way of doing it, by all means, go for it! Like I said, I'm new and I make stuff up on the fly.
Supplies for dress WITHOUT chiffon underskirt (yardage is applicable for size 2T dress. Adjust accordingly for your sizing needs.)
1 yard main material (they gave me an extra 2" on my "yard", so you may want to get 1 1/4 yd instead)
1/2 yard of material for trim
1/2 yard of material for lining
Large eyelets and Eyelet pliers
*Paint for eyelets if you want to customize them
*Clear, non-toxic matte finishing spray to seal (I used Krylon Matte finish... love that stuff.)
Ribbon for corset back
No-fray so ribbon won't get ugly. (I use a heat sealer. Heat sealer, clear nail polish, or no-fray works fine.)
Matching thread for both main fabric and trim.
Disappearing ink marker for fabric
Lace (about a foot)
Pattern paper or pattern fabric
Step 1- Take your measurements. You'll want to take a few. Mine are in the parentheses.
Measurement A- Around the chest and back, right up under the armpits. (20" I wrote mine at the bottom in the picture b/c I didn't want to scribble over my other measurements.)
B- From armpit down torso to where you want the bodice to end (6")
C- How far you want the arc to span across the chest (4.5")
D- How high you want the arc to rise (0.5")
If you just want your bodice to be straight across with no arc, skip "C" and "D".
Step 3- Using your customized pattern piece, cut out one of your main fabric and one of your liner. Remember to cut on the fold (fold on left in the next pic) so when you open it up, you've got an entire bodice piece.
|Note the right edge where I cut a little bit out for the corset. Didn't measure, just cut a small bit.|
|After pressing, sew down each of the short ends.|
Step 7- Lay lining piece on top of main piece, right sides together with ruffle sandwiched in the middle. Pin and stitch 1/2" from raw edge. Zigzag or overlock stitch the raw edges. (I forgot to do that at this point and had to do it later. Grr...)
Now, you're ready to pin it to you bodice piece. Pin the bias tape to the bodice piece and lining, making sure that the main bodice piece and lining's seams are matched. Sew just a TAD less than 1/2" in from raw edge.
|Sewing down the very edge (ignore the two seam lines to the left. My machine messed up and I had to redo step 12a.|
|Sewed sleeve. Pulled open.|
|Did not have sleeves pinned yet, was interrupted and forgot to take another picture. :) Your sleeves should be pinned on at this point.|
Step 15- Fold right sides together and pin side seam all the way down, including the trim. Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance. Then overlock stitch.
The chiffon underskirt can be added to it for additional "oomph" if you want.... or it can be worn on its own. Tutorial for the chiffon skirt can be found HERE.