Uniform Sew-Along: Bodice Views A & B

Today it’s time to start assembling our Uniform Tunics! I’ll be showing the construction on View A but both views follow the same set of steps regardless of the neckline you choose. So let’s dive in!

Uniform Sew-Along: Bodice Views A & B | Grainline Studio
Uniform Sew-Along: Bodice Views A & B | Grainline Studio

To begin, take your bodice front and fold the two dart legs together with the right sides of the fabric facing each other. Press a fold from the dart leg notches to the dart point you marked on your pattern while cutting.

Uniform Sew-Along: Bodice Views A & B | Grainline Studio

Stitch a straight line from the dart leg notch to the dart point. You can end your stitching at the dart point a few ways. I usually just backtack a few stitches but you can also leave thread tails and tie a knot. Whatever method you choose is just fine.

Uniform Sew-Along: Bodice Views A & B | Grainline Studio

Fold the dart take-up (this is the excess material you folded and stitched to make your dart) towards the hem. Since this is a French dart there is more fabric folded down so I like to stitch it in place within the seam allowance to keep it from shifting when you sew your side seams.

Uniform Sew-Along: Bodice Views A & B | Grainline Studio

Repeat these steps for the other dart. You should now have both darts sewn, pressed towards the waist, and anchored to the side seams.

Uniform Sew-Along: Bodice Views A & B | Grainline Studio

With the right sides of the front and back bodice facing each other (wrong sides out!) align the side and shoulder seams.

Uniform Sew-Along: Bodice Views A & B | Grainline Studio

Finish your side seams as desired treating the two seam allowance layers as one. You can try pinking shears, a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine, or a serger if you have one.

Uniform Sew-Along: Bodice Views A & B | Grainline Studio

You can see here that I serged my edges using a 3-thread serger stitch.

Uniform Sew-Along: Bodice Views A & B | Grainline Studio

Press all the seam allowances towards the back of the bodice.

Uniform Sew-Along: Bodice Views A & B | Grainline Studio

That’s it for your bodices! Next up we’ll be assembling the View A pockets & skirt. If you’re on Instagram don’t forget to share your progress with us using the hashtags #uniformtunic and #uniformmakealong and if you have questions just let me know in the comments below!

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Uniform Sew-Along: Bodice Views A & B | Grainline Studio

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