44. Gather side edges of midriff front (5) between small circles.
45. For stay, with right sides up, pin midriff front to one midriff front lining (6) section, matching notches, centers and circles. Adjust gathers. Baste raw edges together, stretching midriff front to fit…
Follow these Vogue V8182 directions, which have you gather the midriff sections only at the side seams, and you’ll end up with a saggy, baggy mess, at least with a cotton/silk blend like mine. I learned the hard way.
My fix was to add four extra rows of gathering stitches evenly distributed along the width of the midriff. After spacing the ruching out like I wanted on each of the stitching lines, I tacked the fabric down to the underlining, then I removed those extra rows of stitches so none would be the wiser. I did my best to make very small stitches through the fashion fabric, but, as you can see from the picture above, I wasn’t able to just catch the ideal thread or two of the fashion fabric. Still, my 1/16th of an inch stitches are hardly noticeable in all of the ruching.
Since I made this fix up myself, I’m curious what those of you with more experience would typically do to make a nicely ruched section of fabric like this one. My wedding dress had crisp pleats, so I imagine pleats here could have been an option. Any other suggestions?