You are only two posts away from having your very own Mathilde Wrap dress - that means it is almost time to celebrate!
Today we are going to finish up the biggest part of the Mathilde which is putting our bodice, waistband, and skirt pieces together! Once today is over, you will be able to at least try on your dress and feel super proud of all you have accomplished! And then tomorrow, you can focus blissfully on those little finishing touches.
With RST, pin the bottom edge of your waistband to the top edge of your skirt. You will know that it’s the bottom edge of your waistband because there will be 6 notches that will match up to notches on your skirt pieces as well.
Using a zig-zag stitch, sew your waistband to your skirt.
Grade your seam (especially around the part of your waistband with the little opening for your tie) and then press them upwards towards the top edge of your waistband.
Now that your skirt and waistband are one complete piece, you will want to finish up the skirt opening before attaching it to your bodice pieces.
In the directions, I inform you to press your skirt opening back by 1/2” (1.3 cm) and using a zig-zag stitch or your fancy twin needles, sew your pressed seam down. Make sure you are starting from the top edge of your waistband, catching the seam that is holding your ties in place, and continue all the way through to the skirt hem.
However, for this particular sample, one of the testers for the Mathilde had an amazing idea: Why not finish off the edge of the dress opening with left over bias tape? So that's exactly what I did, and what you can try too!
You will follow the same steps that were outlined when attaching the neck binding:
With RST, pin your binding along the raw edge of the skirt opening and sew in the creased edge of the bias tape.
Understitch your binding to your skirt and then grade your seams.
Press your binding towards the wrong side of your skirt and pin in place. When you get to the bottom edge of your binding, fold it upwards so that the bottom raw edge is hidden between your binding and skirt layers.
Sew your binding into place!
Now it is time to attach the bodice to the rest of your garment — yay!!
With RST, pin the top edge of your waistband to the bottom edge of your bodice. The top edge of your waistband will have 3 notches that will match up to the CB and CF notches of your bodice. Don’t forget to line up your side seams on your waistband with the side seams on your bodice as well!
Please note that your that your bodice neck opening may extend a bit past your waistband -- that’s ok! This extra bit is just the seam allowance and will be hidden once sewn into place and pressed!
Using a zig-zag stitch, sew your waistband to your bodice.
Grade your seam (especially around the part of your waistband with the little opening for your tie) and then press them downwards towards your waistband.
Oh my goodness, you can now OFFICIALLY try on your Mathilde and do a little twirl or two! After such a long list of tasks today, tomorrow will be focused on Part 9 - Finishing Touches.
Oh no, I don’t believe your waistband should be smaller than the actual waist, at least not by much (unless your fabric has stretched a bunch, which has happened to me!) I will send you an email directly to make sure this is all sorted. Sorry about that!
Hi, my back waistband is smaller than the back skirt so I’m having to stretch it to sew it in – is that right??