Today Essence from Amazing Adventures With Bubba and Bug! kicks off our Guest Blogtour, where we will be showing you a few techniques that you need for our patters. Or how you can add a nice detail. These coming months there will be a guest blogger showing you a new technique (2 x a month) and we will be adding a nice giveaway to! So make sure you follow along. You will find the schedule and and giveaway at the bottom of the post.

Hello everyone! It is me, Essence from Amazing Adventures With Bubba and Bug!  Today, I get to do a guest post here at the Sofilantjes blog on my newest sewing discovery!  I have been sewing for about 2 years and I mostly sew for my daughter, who you will see today and my son, who grows so rapidly I don’t even know why I bother.  But enough about me, let’s get down to business!

So you have been naughty right?  Even though every pattern tells you to read the instructions first, you never do.  Although the steps have been tested and sometimes retested, you don’t read them and sometimes you just use the pictures.  Don’t feel ashamed, I am just as guilty as all of you!  But I am here to tell you about a step that you probably miss or don’t understand how important it is.  Understitching.  You probably think, “I will just topstitch, same thing.” Right? No! And I am going to show you some understitching magic and my Halloween version of the Amare top.

So before we get to the beauty, let’s get my least favorite part out of the way.  Cutting out the pattern pieces…

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Then realize that you forgot to cut out the skirt pieces, which are measurements, and go back to cut them out.  For this pattern I am going to use the black as my lining fabric and the center panel.  I will also try to use my pretty purple threads so they are easier to see.

Follow the instructions (or pictures) to the letter all the way up to step 21.  Now stop! Here is where the understitching comes into play.  A few steps earlier you clipped your curves so hopefully the inside of your bodice now looks like this:

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What you are going to do is sew the seam allowance to the lining.  This is easily accomplished by pulling the lining and the outer bodice fabric apart and then carefully sewing along the seam.  When finished there should be two lines of stitching that are visible from the inside of the bodice.

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Great! Now continue following the directions until step 24.  Here it says the understitching is optional.  So here is my big secret: I hate ironing! I hate it with an intense passion so not only do I want to spend a ton of time ironing while I sew, I also don’t want to iron clothes before my daughter puts them on.

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Understitching is the answer.  If you take a little time and clip those curves and understitch the armhole/back, your bodice will lay so flat it will look like you are an ironing guru!  Don’t forget to stop clipping and understitching at the marking on the pattern piece!

So here is the best picture I could grab of the understitching as it is visible from the inside of the bodice once you turn it right side out.

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Then return to your regularly scheduled program! Follow the rest of the steps, grab some snaps (my preference) or fancy buttons and finish your Amare!  And marvel at your beautifully flat bodice.

Now for another secret: I did not iron this top at all following my understitching.  Can you tell?

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And oh how beautiful are the details of this pattern?

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See?!? The understitching is worth it! So if you have not tried it, grab the Amare pattern or the Brueram pattern and give it a try. I promise you will be impressed!

*A huge thank you to the wonderful Anne Jacobs for allowing me to guest post and creating such beautiful patterns.  She can make a seamstress like me look like a professional every time I try! Until next time friends…*

 
Thank you for this tutorial Essence!

If you would like to see what else we will talk about here is our schedule:

October 7: Understitching Adventures with Bubba and Bug
October 19: How to add pockets to a dress Heartmade by Suzy

November 2: How to adjust to skinny or plus sizeBoutique Birdie
November 16: Shirring TFrail Designs

December 7: How to mash up patternsTales of a Tester
December 21: Sewing with knits Shani Sews

Januari 8: Sewing on the perfect binding Droomstoffen
Januari 14: How to make your on bias tapeBoevenbende

Febuari 1: French seams Winingwife
Feburari 14: Handstitching the right waySprouting Jube Jube

March 7: How to alter a patternDeka Wear

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