Let’s get started!
First, you will need to assemble your pattern. Once that is ready to go, you will start with just the front bodice piece.
I want my accent panel to be 5” wide at the top, and taper out slightly at the bottom ending at 6” wide. Since your front bodice piece is cut on the fold, measure over 2.5” at the top neckline and mark it. At the bottom, measure over 3”. Using a ruler, draw a line all the way from the top neckline to the bottom hem, angling your line out slightly so it matches up to the slightly wider bottom.
Cut your front bodice pattern piece down the line. When you cut your fabric, you will need to add your ⅜” seam allowance in, so clearly mark that on both pieces of your pattern so you don’t forget.
Time to cut out your fabulous fabric!
You will need to cut 1 of your fabric accent pieces on the fold, and 2 mirrored images of the main bodice fabric. Cut the rest of your pattern pieces out of the main fabric as well.
Constructing the front bodice:
Lay one side of your main fabric bodice piece right side up. Lay the accent piece face down on top of that, right sides together and pin.
Use a serger or zigzag stitch to sew these two pieces together. Press the seam allowance away from the center panel. Repeat with the other side of the main bodice piece. Topstitch seam allowance if desired.
From here, you will continue to construction per your pattern instructions. Now go and enjoy your lovely new top!