Easter Dress 2010 - Simplicity 1140
I finished the dress:
The hem was easy to finish, which left the trim, the lining and the inside waist belt. I serged the edge of the hem, turned it up and machine stitched the hem in place. Because of the embroidery, the fabric was a bit thick to turn twice, so serging and turning once was a good option.
The trim is a piece I had already in my collection that I had been saving for a long time to use in some way on a dress like this. She and I looked at a couple of options - either putting it around the bodice/skirt seam or putting it around the neckline - before she decided she wanted it around the waist seam. I like the placement, but I also think is probably is best left to those with her figure. I stitched it into place by machine before finishing the lining.
After finishing the lining, the last thing to be finished was the inside waist belt, with help of course.
He did not want to move and it was easier to let him stay, than to risk getting claws in the dress.
The inside belt helps to keep the dress in place and takes some of the strain off the bodice/skirt seam. It is made of grosgrain ribbon attached at the major seams and darts and closed with a hook and eye.
I chose to use a skirt hook and eye to make it easier for my daughter to put on by herself rather than having her fiddle behind her back with hooks and eyes.
Here she is wearing the dress for a quick try on today:
We will *not* be styling it with jeans and aqua socks for Easter!
Parting Shot: Hiding. "Hey, do you think you can see me hiding over here?" Yes, Wellie, we *can* see you.