Now that you have your yoke assembled and sewn, let’s sew he body of the blouse together.
Today, I’ll be showing you how to assemble the blouse, and then sew the neckline and front placket. This application can get a little tricky, so tke a close look at the photos and let me know if you have questions.
Sew Side Seams
Align the side seams of the bodice front (A) or pleated bodice front (B) pieces to the bodice back (E), with right sides together and notches aligned.
Stitch along each side seam.
Finish each side seam and press open.
With right sides together, align the raw edges of the bias tape and neckline. Pin the bias tape to the neckline, between the small circles, leaving 1 1/2″ tails at both ends.
Begin at one of the small circles, and stitch the bias tape to the neckline along the first fold line, ending at the second small circle.
Fold the bias tape to the inside of the garment.
Edgestitch along the fold of the bias tape.
Sew Front Placket
Clip the seam allowance to the small circle at the neckline.
Here’s what that little clip will look like.
On the bodice front (A) or pleated bodice front (B) piece, fold along the fold line toward the wrong side of the bodice. Press into place. You are basically pre-pressing the center front fold right now.
Fold back along the fold line you just pressed toward the right side of the bodice. Do not press.
Fold the center front edge under 1/4″ toward the wrong side of the placket. Press this fold only.
Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch along the top edge of the placket. Clip the corner to eliminate bulk.
Turn the placket back to the front of the bodice along the fold lines. Tuck the tail of the bias tape into the placket.
Edgestitch in place along each fold.
Here’s what it looks like on the inside.
Repeat steps 1 – 8 for the second bodice front (A) or pleated bodice front (B).
Your neckline and placket are done! At this point, you should have something that’s starting to resemble a blouse.