One of the things I found really interesting about working on this dress was the awareness of my preference for clean pieces. I wanted to do more than simply follow the pattern and add points of interest but without adding clutter. With such a busy fabric, that was hard to do.
For the hem, I used a band of the border print shown in the original posting when I started this piece. I cut a strip 3 1/4" wide, folded it in half, and attached it with a 5/8" seam after cutting one inch off the bottom. The pattern was drafted with a 5/8" hem and the finished band is 1" wide so this maintained the math. I used a double needle to topstitch the hem and...
... a binding of the same fabric to the neckband. I used a dark purple thread which was fine on the binding but a lighter color would have been better along the edge. It's wobbly and visible although with all those other colors you'd have to be up close or looking.
The very edge of the fabric curled promising but when I cut a wider strip hoping to sew down the middle and have a curl on each side, the one side refused to curl so I cut a much narrower, rolling-into-a-tube-sort-of, strip and...
... pinned it in place to see what I thought. I debated different ways to stitch it on and in the end couched it in place with a long, wide, zigzag using grey thread.
I like the way it works along the hemline but I"m not too sure about the neckline although it does do a good job of hiding the wobbly purple thread. Below is the neckline with just the purple band. Which do you prefer?
It was good to get into the studio and finally sew again. I started this dress on April 22nd and that is a LONG time for such a simple pattern. Hopefully this'll kick start a few weeks of productivity. I went through my closet yesterday trying on a few garments to see what would be wearable for the workshop. Along with this dress, I have The Marcy Dress which looks better on me now that I've lost a few inches. That's two out of five outfits I want to take. YES YES ! ! !
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - sewing again