Saturday, February 5, 2011
The little dress in progress
I've made progress on the baby dress in the last week. I gathered the top and sewed the outside half of the yoke pieces on. I also sewed the inside pieces of the yoke on at the neck line.
I haven't made gathers by hand before. At first, I was a little stressed about making the gathers perfectly even, and then I remembered that the key difference between formal pleats and informal gathers is that gathers aren't expected to be perfectly even. Once I figured that out, the process went pretty quickly.
I wasn't crazy about using polyester binding on the armholes and didn't want to spend the time making bias binding. So I sewed a narrow baby hem. While I've read in plenty of places that a curved opening flares when hemmed, this is really only true when working by machine. Sewing by hand with a relatively thin fabric, the hemmed armholes came out nice and smooth.
The next steps are the back opening and the bottom ruffle. I don't have enough of the gold fabric to make the ruffle quite as ruffle-y as the pattern calls for. So I may substitute another fabric. We'll see.