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″|
next i pinned, gathered and attached the skirt to the midriff. then i did the same with the lining right over (on the inside) the outer fabric. isn’t attaching the skirt to the bodice such a great moment? i love finally getting to see if my original vision will in any way resemble the almost finished product!
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!|
almost there! now it’s time to get out your hand stitching needle and thread. first i slip stitched the midriff to the skirt. it’s best to pin this before stitching to make sure it lays straight.
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|
i am endlessly fascinated by garment construction, so here is the final dress… from the inside!
oh, you want to see the outside again?
|zoom in! i have nothing to hide in this one!|
i did attach belt loops to the midriff before inserting the midriff lining, so now i’m on the hunt for the perfect skinny belt! or maybe make my own fabric-covered belt? hmmm… in the meantime i’ll wear it anyway since the belt loops are totally lost in this print. now i just need an invite to a garden party!
|and here’s a peek at my shoes, as requested 😉|
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