Completing the Sofia bodice

August 28, 2020

Welcome back to the Sofia Sewalong. In this tutorial, we'll insert the elastic in the bodice, sew the side seams, and if you're making one of the top versions, we'll finish sewing the hem. Let's dive in!

Bodice Elastic

We'll start by inserting the elastic along the upper edge of the bodice. The length of elastic will differ based on the size you are making.

For convenience, I've grabbed the chart from the pattern instructions that indicates the length of elastic to cut for your size.

  • Attach a safety pin on one end of the elastic, and feed it it between the first and second line of shirring along the upper edge of the bodice.
  • Gently feed the elastic through the channel, being careful that it does not twist as the safety pin pills it through to the other side of the bodice.

  • Pin both sides of the elastic to the bodice.

  • Sew a strong backstitch at both sides of the elastic, securing it to the bodice.


Bodice Side Seams


  • Place the two bodice pieces right sides together and pin the side edges.

  • Sew the side edges at 1/2" (1.3 cm) seam allowance.

  • Finish the seams with a serge or zig zag stitch.

If you are making the dress verison, the bodice is complete and you can move on to the tutorials for sewing the sleeves.

If you are making one of the top versions, your final bodice step is to complete the hem.


  • The hem on the peplum and crop top have been pre-pressed in a previous step. Turn and pin the hem edge in towards the wrong side. Edgestitch the hem at a scant 3/8" (1 cm) seam allowance.

The crop top version is show in this image.

Now that the bodice is complete, it's time to get move onto the sleeves.

If you're making the bishop, cap or elbow puff sleeve, move onto this post where we will attach the sleeve to the bodice and sew the bias facing elastic channel.

If you're making the Bell sleeve, move onto this post where we construct the shoulder strap and sleeve.

See you there!


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