I thought I’d share my tips for sewing the bodice panel into view B of the Charlie Caftan from Closet Case Patterns. These steps are covered in pages 13-15 of the PDF instructions.
As the instructions tell you, accuracy is needed. So, how did I go?
On the reverse of the interfaced panel piece, I chalked the sewing lines between the circle marks at each corner. Instructions don’t suggest this, but I wanted to give myself a fighting chance of accurate sewing.
The first step is to sew the bodice panel to the gathered front centre front bodice. There’s a lot going on here – gathers, attaching two sections, and a row of sewing that needs to accurately end at places indicated by large circles. (You do need to end your row of sewing accurately at these circles.)
Because of all this, it felt best to hand baste first.
For basting, I used Corticelli silk thread. (Silk thread slips out easily when you want to remove the row of basting stitches.)
Then, I followed the detailed pattern instructions for machine sewing in the panel. Trust the instructions and follow them. The panel reverse looks like this when you’re done.
I trimmed some excess bulk from my raw seams. Not too much – you want enough seam allowance left to attach your rear bodice band to.
I followed the rest of the instructions and pinned my rear bodice band down.
And took 30 minutes to hand stitch the rear bodice band in place.
Finished bodice band, photographed from right side of make.
One other tip. Keep an eye on the centre seam in the front bodice. It runs right down your chest and any odd pattern matching will be pretty obvious. Same goes for the bodice panel – just bear in mind pattern placement as you cut pieces out.
I hope this helps!