Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Simp 2912 Sophie's Halter Dress
A few things to add to the Piping Curves and Corners tute - I mentioned that I used the Madeira method to shape the hem band. I did not use another piece of the fashion fabric to do that. Instead I used scrap muslin to cut to the shape of the band and then sew with the Wash Away thread. This technique needed a waste fabric that would be pulled off and chucked, leaving the nice curve. Just thought I would clear that up. If you check out the Madeira hem tute, you'll see what I mean a little more clearly.
This was VERY difficult to photograph. I ended up stuffing it with a roll of fabric and propping it on a bench. I tried everything else imaginable. A hanger wouldn't work with this halter style.
There is a lot of twirl in this skirt. I can't wait to see Sophie do a little princess prancing in it. I think this style will be darling on her olive skin.
The halter straps are pleated and stitched directly to the lining and the button on top to camoflage. This is what the pattern suggested. If I do this again, the straps will be tucked in between the lining and the bodice.
I didn't think the smocking would ever end on this one, lots of baby waves. The facing is covering up more smocking, :(
Once again, I love this belt treatment and it may become my signature. It is just so simple but not the big bow effect.
DH and I will be working 6 and 7 days a week starting next week till October but I fully intend to sew a lot and post a lot. Last summer I managed to get a lot of smocking and handwork done on the road and expect the same this year.
My plan is to get some pieces pleated so I can have them at the ready to smock and also get going on my trench.
Here is something else I came across the other day while digging thru some of my "inheritance" from my great aunt. I have been told these are sweater clips and originally had some sort of chain between them to keep the sweater elegantly closed. They are rhinestones and gorgeous.They are about and inch and a half long and almost as wide......Bunny