The Red Dress - Part Two
Dress, Yes, Lining, Not Yet.
I have made good progress on the dress. Not quite as much as I'd hoped, but life doesn't always go according to plan! I'm thinking this dress won't be ready for this Sunday, either, but that's how it goes. It has come together a little more slowly than I'd like because of costumes, but I'm also taking a little more time with it. Because it has an underlining, I've had to do some extra hand basting to make sure everything stays in place. You can see some of this on the darts below; I baste through the center of the dart, keeping both the fashion fabric and underlining together:
At any rate, the dress part is all done, and this is mostly what it will look like finished up, too:
The lining is cut and waiting for me to actually do something with it. There are a lot of darts in this dress, so I know that for a while the sewing will be pretty easy and repetitive. For the dress, there are 14, but for the lining there are 18. Yep, that's right. The extra four are because I'm going to use the front from the wedding suit pattern - why not throw another pattern in the mix, right?!?. Because of all those pleats in the skirt front (silk and batiste underlining), I want the lining to be less bulky and flatter, so darts are the way to go.
Since I finally got the patterns that I ordered, and since this won't be done for Sunday anyway, tomorrow I think I'll finally make up that moose t-shirt for my son and work a little bit on the dress. I'm also going to a sneak preview of the dance competitions routines tomorrow afternoon, which should be fun. I never get to see the kids dance or any of the costumes that I work on in action because most of the competitions are out of state. It should be fun to see the Munchkins all dressed up!
Parting Shot: Jackpot. I took advantage of a sale at Atlanta Thread, advertised by Kristine and picked up quite a few cones; some in new colors, some in old. I now have enough of the major colors to thread both the serger and coverstitch at the same time! I also bought a curved ruler for drafting. I love that it is see through, which will make it great for tracing.