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Lilah Top & Dress Sew Along: Bodice Construction (Knit version only)

Welcome back to Day 3 of Lilah Top & Dress sew-along.

Today we are going to construct the knit bodice version. By now, you have all the things you need to complete this step. If not please refer to this post to see what you will have to do before joining us here. If you prefer working with woven, please refer to this post.

Lilah Top & Dress Sew Along: Bodice Construction (knit version only)

We are ready to sew.

Do keep in mind that all seam allowances are 3/8” (1 cm) except where noted and are included in the pattern pieces. Also for the knit version, you will use a stretch stitch.

Assembling the bodice

Follow Step 7 of the pattern tutorial to sew the front and back bodices together at the shoulder. Repeat this step with the lining.

Psst.. it is very important to trim or grade your seam allowances to avoid bulking around this area.

Sansahash Lilah Top & Dress pattern sew along day 3 knit version

Sewing the neckline

You will then follow Step 8 of the pattern tutorial to sew the neckline. Again it is very important to trim or grade your seam allowances to avoid bulking around this area.

Psst.. When sewing the neckline PLEASE do not stretch the neckline while sewing to avoid gaping.

Sansahash Lilah Top & Dress pattern sew along day 3 knit version

Understitching the neckline 

Please DO NOT SKIP this step! With lining separated from the bodice and while working on the wrong side, press with your fingers the neckline seams you just created towards the wrong side of the lining. Understitch with a stretch stitch or narrow zigzag stitch. Make sure not to stitch on the main bodice and DO NOT STRETCH. To reduce bulk, CLIP the seam allowance, be careful not to cut through the neckline.

Sansahash Lilah Top & Dress pattern sew along day 3 knit version

Sewing the armholes

Follow Step 9 of the pattern tutorial to sew around the armholes using a burrito method. For photo tutorials please refer to this post.

Sansahash Lilah Top & Dress pattern sew along day 3 knit version

To finish off the bodice, follow Step 10 of the pattern tutorial to sew up the side seams. Grade the seams, turn and press. This is the woven tutorial  on how to sew the side seams but it should be the same for knit. I find it easier to baste the bottoms of the main bodice and lining together before attaching the bodice to the skirt.

Yay! We did it! Next up, Assembling the skirt for both versions!

See you soon.

Psst…Don’t forget to share your progress photo (s) with us on Facebook group! using hashtag #lilahsewalong #myprogressphotos . Also tag us @sansahash using #sansahash #lilahsewalong so we can see your creations.

Happy Sewing xxx.

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