Finishing up the Petticoat Bodies

The holidays are over, I’ve eaten my own weight in cookies and it is time to finish up the petticoat bodies.

Last time I posted I had finished the bodice and put the lining in. Over the holidays that I cut out the skirt, hand sewed it together, and bound the hem.

Red Wool

My camera did not like this shade of red most of the time.

Still not the correct shade of red.

The skirt only took 2 yards and 7 inches of fabric and I was able to use the off cuts and scraps for hem binding.

Scraps for binding

My handful of scraps before making the binding.

Running stitched seam in linen thread on red wool

I used the running stitch for skirt construction with the occasional backstitching where gores met for extra strength. The fabric is a light weight flannel and doesn’t fray so I don’t need to worry about finishing the edges.

Clapping the seams!


Whipstitched side

I left the skirt side seams open at the top so I’d have access to pockets. To finish the edge I just whip stitched the fabric down.

How it currently looks with at least one sleeve pinned on and the basting threads still in.

Up next, trouble shooting the armscye problem area! My experiment in using wool binding has made that area stiff + the seam allowances from where I pieced the strap. Pinning the sleeve on also caused some pulling. I may need to adjust the angle of the strap by unpicking the binding and adjusting where the strap and bodice meet. What do you guys think?

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