Ok, when we left you, the vida looked like this:
Notice anything different? I decided to add a line of ric rac over the seam between the middle and the lower pieces.
4. Stitch the side pieces and place them right sides together on the front and back middle dress pieces and stitch. Press the seam allowance towards the side pieces and topstitch.
You should have four side pieces, either of two different fabrics (for front and back) or one fabric for all four. Well, I guess you could have four different fabrics, but whatever. Take the side that you want for the front and line it up like so:
If you have any ruffle action going on, you might want to pin the bottom of the ruffle inward so it’s out of the way of the stitching.
Flip the side piece over and pin.
Sew, serge or zig zag, press toward the side and topstich. Repeat for the other side and attach the side pieces to the back the same way. Here it is with the side pieces stitched, seams serged and topstitched:
5. Lay the front and back dress pieces right sides together, pin and sew the side seams. Hem.
I learned from Carla it is much easier to press the hem on a straight edge instead of a tube, so I press the hem now and then I unfold the seams and stitch the sides together.
So then stitch and serge (or zig zag) the side seams and press them toward the back of the dress. Then refold the hem and sew it.
6. On the bodice lining pieces, iron on two small pieces of fusible interfacing where the buttonholes will be made. Do the same in the middle of the back bodice lining to strengthen at that point.
So for the front lining piece I cut two rectanglish squares of interfacing and iron on the back of the front lining piece where buttonholes will go.
For the back lining piece I take the pattern piece and cut out the interfacing and then trim a little all the way around.
7. Fold the strap pieces in half lengthwise and stitch each of the long edges and one each of the short ends. Turn the shoulder strap pieces and press. Topstitch along the edges of the shoulder straps.
Confession time. I do not follow these instructions at all. I did the first time I made the vida and I didn’t like the straps at all. So now I do it this way:
I cut out 4 straps. I iron on interfacing on one set of straps. Sew two straps together (one with interfacing, one without), right sides together on three ends, leaving one short end open. Repeat for the other strap. Turn them right side out and press and topstitch. These are my straps:
8. Take the unfinished shoulder strap ends and pin them onto the right side of the back bodice and stitch into place on the seam allowance.
Nothing much to add here, except make sure the prettiest side of the straps is facing the bodice when you attach it.
9. Take the bodice lining pieces and sew them right sides together along their side seams. Hem the bottom edge.
Again, I press the hem before sewing the pieces together. I serge the bottom of each lining piece, press it up and then unfold and sew the lining pieces together. Then I refold and press and sew the hem.
Ok, let’s take a break! We’re almost done: next we’re going to put it all together!