Doodle Dress Sew Along – Butterick Pattern 3350 – Post 2

We’re back for the second post in the doodle dress sew along! If you are just joining us for this Butterick Pattern 3350 Sew Along, go ahead and check out POST 1 to get yourself up to speed and prepared to start sewing!

Let’s dive right in shall we?

We ended our last meeting by cutting out our pattern pieces and now, we are ready to use them to cut the fabric pieces that we will sew. Beginners, I’m going to give you a little breakdown of all those strange looking rectangular diagrams on your pattern instructions. They are there to show you the best way to arrange your pattern pieces to get the most use out of your fabric. They also show you other information regarding exactly HOW your pieces should be cut. If this is your first time sewing with a pattern, check out the video below to learn how to use the cutting layouts on your instructions. If you already know how to do this, feel free to skip the video and move right along to cutting your fabric.

My fabric pieces are cut! Are yours?

Now here is where we may take different paths if we are doing different views. I’ll be referring to view G (one of the simpler views), since that is the one I’m doing and that is the one I think is the best for beginners. We are going to construct the bodice today.

Check your instructions for your view to see what step you should start with. You’ll see for view G – on page 4 of your instructions – it tells you to begin by following step 10.

Note: For all your sewing in this pattern, use a 5/8 inch seam allowance (per the pattern).

Step 10 is the constructing of the bodice, so take the fabric pieces you cut for the bodice and arrange one of the back sides against the front bodice, pretty sides together, and sew just along the shoulder, then do the same for the other side. It will look like this:

Bodice shoulders together

And if you open it up and lay it flat with the pretty sides facing you, it will look like this:

Bodice shoulders together pretty side

Now do the same exact thing with your bodice lining pieces, but this time, also turn in the seam allowances along the bottoms of the pieces and press them (this will come in handy later). That looks like this (you are looking at the wrong side of my lining fabric in this pic):

Bodice lining together and seams turned

Now pin the outer fabric and lining pretty sides together and sew along the neck and armholes. Sewn together it looks like this. You are looking at the wrong side of my outer fabric and it is sewn, pretty sides facing, to the lining (which you can’t really see much of because it is on the other side). Just make sure you only sew the neck and armholes, and nothing else. It occurs to me that I should also remind you to clip your curved seam allowances. I did that before I moved on but hadn’t done it in my pictures yet. You can refer to the first column in page 2 of your instructions to see how the clipping should be done on the arm and neck curves.

Bodice and lining together

You have completed step 10 and it is time, per the pattern instructions, to move on to step 9. Step 9 was confusing to me at first because I think they made it sound WAY more complicated than it really is. Basically, the first thing you need to do is turn your bodice so the lining is on the inside and the outer fabric is on the outside and it looks a little more like – you guessed it – a bodice. You can do that by reaching through the bottom of the bodice and up through the shoulders and pulling fabric through until it is all right-side-out. It should look like this when you finish:

Bodice pulled through

Step 9 tells you to “understitch” as far as possible. Understitching is basically sewing the facing or lining to the seam allowance to keep the lining from being seen on the outside of the garment. I will admit at this point that I did not see how very much of this could be done and didn’t want to fight with it so I skipped this part. Lazy or smart? You decide. My dress doesn’t seem to be any worse for it, but if you would like to do this part and you have never done any understitching, check out this informational post from So Sew Easy. She explains understitching really well.

Next, separate the lining from the bodice so that the outer fabric front and back pieces are pretty sides together and the lining front and back pieces are pretty sides together and sew one continuous line along each side of the bodice.  Here is one of the sides sewn:

Bodice sides together

Now turn it so that the bodice outer fabric is over the lining fabric and you should have what looks like a bodice!

Bodice turned the right way

We’ll leave off with that today. Believe it or not, this dress will be finished before you know it! Next week we will pick up with step 4. I can’t wait because that is when your dress will really start to take shape. Leave a comment or feel free to contact me with questions.

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12 Comments on Doodle Dress Sew Along – Butterick Pattern 3350 – Post 2

  1. Elizabeth
    July 1, 2015 at 4:46 PM (1 year ago)

    Well done on instructions. That fabric just makes me smile. The lining is incredibly cute with it :) Your bodice looks just like a bodice. woo hoo

    • notimefordiy
      July 2, 2015 at 2:28 PM (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Elizabeth! I love the lining. I really want to use that fabric to make a tie belt for it but the doodle has already said she REALLY doesn’t want anything else on it. And especially not a tie belt. She is SURE that will affect the “twirlability” of the dress.

  2. Kristen from The Road to Domestication
    July 10, 2015 at 12:39 PM (1 year ago)

    Oh, it’s coming together so nicely! I’m scared to do this – mine will NOT look nearly so good! Happy to be hosting the #HomeMattersParty with you again this week!

    • notimefordiy
      July 12, 2015 at 8:50 PM (1 year ago)

      You would be surprised at what you can do and how things can come out good even when you don’t think you know what you are doing! (As is usually the case for me)! There have been plenty of mistakes on this dress for sure. I’ll be revealing those in the last post of the sew along this week! Great co-hosting with you!

  3. Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai
    July 11, 2015 at 6:06 AM (1 year ago)

    That is going to be such a cue dress! I love the fabric. Thanks for sharing being a wonderful co-host of the #HomeMattersParty – we love having you on the team! :)

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    • notimefordiy
      July 12, 2015 at 8:41 PM (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Lorelai! I used that fabric to do a sewing caddy for my sister-in-law and when I picked it out at the store, my daughter saw it and HAD to have a dress from it. Turns out she’s got good taste! Great to be co-hosting with you!

  4. Amanda
    July 11, 2015 at 10:02 AM (1 year ago)

    In the short time you’ve been a seamstress, you have clearly become an accomplished one. Great to be co-hosting the #homemattersparty with you this month.
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    • notimefordiy
      July 12, 2015 at 8:42 PM (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Amanda! I still have a TON to learn but I am really enjoying the journey! Great co-hosting with you!

  5. Sonja
    July 12, 2015 at 8:15 PM (1 year ago)

    My first love of crafting started with sewing. So this post makes me smile. Your instructions are really clear and the visuals make it easy to follow along. Thanks for sharing and glad to be cohosting with you on #HomeMattersParty again!


    • notimefordiy
      July 12, 2015 at 8:47 PM (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Sonja! It’s always great to hear from other crafters that things are making sense over here! Great co-hosting with you!

    • notimefordiy
      July 14, 2015 at 5:54 PM (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Melissa! I’m glad you like them! It’s great co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty with you!


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