So today we'll sew together the bodice and placket.
(edit: this is not the only way to do it...reader Tara saw a much better way, to sew the placket together and then sew it on top of the bodice, no cutting involved. Both ways work-just make sure it's centered if you sew it directly to the uncut bodice piece. So, pick your poison essentially!)
Grab your front bodice piece. We're going to cut it in half! agh! Just kidding. don't be scared.
Fold in half like so, and measure 1/2 inch from the fold, then cut it there.
This makes room for the placket!
Now, take your two pieces you cut for the ruffle, and iron in half lengthwise.
Then sew a gathering (wide) stitch down the raw edge, about 1/8 inch from the edge.
Pull one of the thread tails to gather it slightly, and pin to your placket piece, right sides together. Which is really either side of the ruffle...so...anyways.
I ended up trimming some extra length off cause I didn't want it REALLY ruffly.
Repeat with the other side.
Now, take one of your bodice pieces and pin one side of your placket to it. The ruffle should be sandwiched between the placket and bodice. Hopefully this picture explains it better than I do...
Sew with a 1/4 inch seam.
Repeat on the other side, and serge or zig zag stitch your raw edges.
Press with your iron. (Use your iron after every step for your sewing to look really good!)
Now, top stitch along the sides of your placket, making sure your serged or zig zagged seams are tucked under neatly.
Now line up your bodice with your bottom piece..
pin together, and sew!
Finish your seams...press...
and this is your front!
Of course, let me know if you have any questions, and I'll answer them in the comments.
Tomorrow: the button closure on the back of the shirt!
ALso, If you'd like to show off your in progress shirt-add it to the flickr group and we can check out each others work!