Easter Dress - Part II
Skirt and Neckline/Armhole Finish
I was able to do some more work on my daughter's Easter dress. At this point, it is almost complete - it just needs some hand finishing, a hem, and the buttons/buttonholes.
The skirt is made of 3 large rectangular sections box pleated and then attached to the bodice. The seams are hid in the box pleats.
There is no zipper in the dress, but the skirt still needs to open a bit so that the wearer can put it on. The center back skirt opening is finished with a placket in the same way that a dress shirt sleeve has a placket installed before putting on the cuff. From the inside:
The skirt is pleated in such a way that the placket will be hidden when the dress is buttoned. In the first photo the opening is closed, and in the second photo you can see how the opening is hidden.
The neck and armholes are finished with a narrow bias binding. You can see that I still need to hand stitch all the binding down and press the bodice again. I'll do the hand stitching tomorrow on the bus.
I also was able to use my sleeve board today. I wasn't sure when I bought it how much I'd really use it, but it was the perfect tool for pressing those small little armholes. I actually used it on another project today, too!
Q/A: LauraLo asked regarding the white blouse, "Could we see you wearing it?" Ah, yes, I knew this question might come up sooner or later. I suppose by now you've noticed that all my SWAP garments have been shown on the dress form. I was hoping to wait until the final photo shoot to actually show pictures of me wearing the garments. Maybe there will be a sneak peak! I did wear the jeans and trench coat out last Friday night for shopping and dinner with my husband. I was so tired of wearing my parka that I just *had* to wear something else!
Parting Shot: "New" Pattern. This is my latest eBay find. The envelope is in pretty bad condition, and while I like to have nice envelopes, I do realize that these patterns are almost 50 years old, so there's bound to be wear and tear. The pieces and instructions are what is really important. I've seen this one several times for sale, but finally got a good price for it, probably due to the envelope. I have an art project in mind for this; I'm not sure if it will ever be made, but the idea is there.