The trickiest part of the Mathilde Blouse – the tucks – is now done. Hooray! Sewing the bodice will be a breeze in comparison.
But first let’s quickly talk seam finishes. Everyone has their preferred method of neatening seams so they look nice and don’t fray. Maybe you like to zigzag stitch your seams, or you’re a whizz on the overlocker, or perhaps you have a penchant for pinking shears. Your choice. May I make a suggestion? The lightweight fabrics suited to this blouse also suit French seams pretty nicely. I mention this now, because if you go with French seams you’ll be constructing the bodice in a slightly different way to “normal” sewing where you stitch right sides together with a regular seam allowance. Find out how to make them here.
Whichever method you go for, these are the bits you need to sew together next:
1) Sew the front bodice to the yoke.
2) Sew the front bodice to the back bodice pieces at the side seams.
3) Sew the shoulder seams.
4) Finish using your preferred method and press.
Need to revise basic sewing construction? Check this out.