here is the finished "garden party explosion" dress! i'm super happy with this one. the fit is comfortable and flattering. i love how slimming it is. since the midriff hits just above my natural waistline it skims over all the bits that need skimming over.
i have a few more pics of the finished product but first let me show you my insides. okay, not my insides, the dress's insides. you know what i mean...
once the bodice and midriff were constructed i added a lining to the midriff first to make sure this area was stabilized and second to conceal some of the interior seams. to do this, i sewed the midriff pieces together at the side seams then pinned it to the seam allowance at the top of the midriff and sewed right over my first stitching. this is left free at the bottom edge and will be slip stitched in place later.
|before stitching i pressed the CB and bottom edge in at 5/8"|
after this, i inserted an invisible zipper...
then hemmed the dress.
|isn't this a lovely rolled hem? sooo glad i have a rolled hem presser foot!|
once that was done, i pinned then catch stitched the armhole facings to the underlining. i used a catch stitch because it allows for a little bit of movement and it will keep any fraying of the facing edge in check. you can do the same to the neckline facing, but i simply tacked it in place at the shoulder and again halfway down the neckline. this facing doesn't really have the tendency to flip up like the armhole facings do.
|armhole facing catch-stitched|
|neckline facing tacked down|
oh, you want to see the outside again?
|zoom in! i have nothing to hide in this one!|
|and here's a peek at my shoes, as requested ;-)|
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