A lot of headway was made today with Sophie's dress. The neckline and back bodice opening are scalloped and piped. Everything was basted in by hand first. I actually used a lot more clips than is shown here. I put a pin perpendicular to the inward point of the scallop. I would baste up to the pin, back stitch, then pull out the pin. After that I would v notch the piping, pull the piping down to continue into the scallop, and continue stitching. It took me exactly all of American Idol to get the basting done.
I have made many garments with bullions but this is the first that I can honestly say I am pleased with. I placed my stitches a little differently on the rose than I have on past attempts and they look better for it. Then again, by the time you have done 40 something bullion buds and roses, they should be improving.
Tomorrow is finish up the piping application and then deal with the lining. Lining in heirloom sewing is a little different than what you see in most textbooks and patterns. At first it really bothered me but I have come to appreciate the whys of this slightly different process. I hope to have pics of the process for you. .........Bunny