Yesterday, I finished the little girl's dress and then cleaned house and now I have the potential for two days of uninterrupted sewing. Today, a friend is coming to work with me in the studio. I'm looking forward to that and to starting a new project. With a ten day hiatus in the middle, this one seemed to drag on forever. And now it's done.
The collar idea worked out quite well with a little tweaking. When I finished the rows of stitching, it seemed too bright for the rest of the garment so I toned it down by stitching a serger string around the edge and that did the trick. The string is appliqued on top and underneath, the collar is finished as normal. I've realized that I always run into difficulty at this stage especially with how to finish the top of the button band and what to do for a collar. These are steps to pay more attention to on the next project and perhaps questions to answer in advance or nearer the start.
The very bright purple men's shirt that I used frays like the dickens so fluffy bits of thread are fraying all over the dress. I've trimmed a few but I'm not worrying about it too much because they add a wonderful organic element to the fabric.
The pattern is Simplicity 2526. See how the sleeves look long in the photo and yet in yesterday's posting they were so vastly different from the other Simplicity pattern. When I measured size two sleeves yesterday, they were 8 1/2 - 9" at the underarm. This dress is 6" and the one I compared it to yesterday is 11" meaning one is too long and the other too short. Yes... and what's sewn is sewn. I'll adjust the patterns for next time. This one is apparently a 3/4 sleeve - VBG. Knowing that I may add a pleat and a button at the hemline.
The back yoke is the fabric from the darker purple men's shirt with silver stenciling on top. A strip of black separates it from the main fabric. In the earlier image of the collar, you can see the painted lace that I used for the front yoke. I really like how that turned out so I may try painting more lace in the future. So far, I'm more drawn to thread work and piecing than to painting and stenciling although this dress combines them all quite well - if I don't say so myself - LOL.
In the front, the turquoise buttons are doing their part to brighten up the ensemble. Seeing this picture, I am reminded once again that I work in a mid to dark range and that up close is the preferred viewing distance for my pieces. Sigh. Oh well. - I've been thinking about taking this and a few other little girl coats/dresses along to the Design Outside The Lines workshop only I don't want anyone to think I'm showing off in any way. I just want to share the kind of work I enjoy doing. What do you think?
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a new project and learning the correct sleeve length