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So for the button closure in back, take that little piece that you serged or zig zag stitched the sides of, and fold the back bodice piece in half, wrapping that piece around it, right sides together like so. Give it a little press with the iron to get a crease, and then pin it together.
Next sew down one side about 1/8″ from the crease, stopping about 2″ from the bottom…then stop, keep the needle down, turn your project, sew over a few stitches, and start going back up the other side, but a little bit further from the crease. STOP about halfway up…we’ll be adding the elastic loop now!
Cut a piece of 1/8″ elastic (mine was about 2″ long), and place like so about 1″ from the top, with the two ends pressed against the seam you just made. Make sure both ends will be enclosed when you continue sewing, and pin together well. This is why you started sewing up this side a little further from the line-it makes a stronger seam for your elastic!
Continue sewing up to the top.
Then carefully cut between your two lines of stitching, turn right side out, and press with your iron.
Next, take your two shirt panels and sew a gathering stitch along the top, gather it to fit your bodice pieces, then pin, right sides together to both the back and front bodice pieces.
Then sew them together and finish your seams.
This is where you press this seam (the seam between the bodice pieces and shirt panels) lightly, and should top stitch on the right side of the fabric along the curve, both front and back. I forgot on this top (and to take pics)…but it looks much better if you do this.
Then pin the sleeves together like so, sew them together and finish the seams.
Also please be sure to let me know if you have any questions! I’d hate for anyone to get frustrated cause I left something out on accident! (or stink at instructions)