Step 10: Fitting the Bodice

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-Press the pleats down across your chest so that they lie close to your body.

-The pleats should be pulling apart across your wider parts, and at the neckline they should come together again and possibly overlap a bit.

-Use straight pins generously to hold the pleats in place. Be careful not to pin yourself or pin the newspaper to your clothing. You may want to stand in front of a mirror while you do this.

-Keep pinning the neckline until the pins are holding the pleats close against your body at the top of the dress.

-Use a pencil to draw a pretty neckline along the top of the dress. (see photos) Use a mirror to see what you're doing.