So I haven’t gotten too far on the dress. Firstly, I’m still looking for my missing bodice pattern. The last time I had it, I was working on May’s dress, which means it has to be somewhere in the apartment. Somewhere. That, or I mistook it for scraps and threw it away. Uh oh.
Second, while working on the petticoat this morning, I discovered just how much strain a pair of pinking scissors could put on my knuckles. After pinking the edges of 7 pieces (in addition to the pinking from the previous night), my knuckles were blistered and sore in three places. Unfortunately, this means using a regular pair of scissors to cut tonight was out of the question as my hand started to ooze after the first cut.
Well, at least there’s a bit of progress…
After pinning the pleats to my board, I started repinning them to prep them for sewing. Not wanting to take any chances on slippage or missing pleats, I pinned the skirt to an inch of its life. Actually, more like a quarter inch of its life.
I went extra slow and paid special attention to every pleat as it went under the foot. Even still, when I turned the skirt over, I found a number of places where the fabric had drifted up and I’d sewn the wrinkles down. I probably could have gone on just fine, but I decided to be good, unpicked the mistakes, and resewed the areas.
In the end, it looks great! I had hoped to attach the waistband tonight, too, but without being able to hold a pair of scissors, it’ll have to wait a day or two.
Pleat Sew pleats down
- Cut waistband, sew up sides, turn
- Sew pleats to waistband
- Sew up back seam
- Modesty panel
- Skirt hooks
- Cut canvas from pattern, fit
- Cut silk from canvas
- Attach boning channels to canvas
- Sew silk/canvas pieces together, leaving side seams open. Understitch.
- Sew side seams. Overlock, pink, or seam bind inside.
- Shoulder straps and elastic
- Gold with snaps
- Silver with snaps