Burda 11/09 #134
Shorts and Bodice "Trim"
Well, the shorts go together very quickly, just like any elastic waist short or trouser. I made a casing and used a narrow elastic for the waist instead of applying a lingerie type elastic to the top edge. For this kind of fabric that is prone to fraying, this looks neater to me.
To start work on the top, I've trimmed the upper edge of the front upper bodice sections. The first thing I did was to cut a section of just the lace and press under one edge. This was then pinned in place on the right side of the front section. The original piece has a curved top edge. Because I'm using a straight piece of trim, I'll have to trim off that excess red later and just leave it straight.
The next step is stitching the trim piece down. It sounds pretty easy, but this is a slippery charmuese and the seam is being stitched on the bias on the red piece. This could be a formula for disaster, but was easily avoided by the use of some tear away stabilizer on the underside. With the stabilizer underneath, it was an easy matter to stitch along the pressed fold of the lace and attach the two pieces together. The stabilizer was removed after stitching.
Once pressed, both pieces are trimmed. The lace piece is trimmed to the original size and shape of the pattern piece. The red piece was trimmed just along the top to be even with the lace piece. You can see the original pattern piece in the top of the photo below, and how the top edge is curved. Because of my trim choice, that edge will now be straight.
These pieces are now ready to use so that I can finish the top in the next few days.
Parting Shot: Got Tuna? It's lunchtime and the sound of the can opener brings the cats to the kitchen so quickly that they've been nicknamed "Pavlov's cats". Kiwi can not wait to get the empty tuna can. Of course there's more tuna in the can than I'll eat, so everybody gets tuna for lunch.