As the dress is made of silk dupion, I had to underline it with silk organza to prevent seam slippage. I used a (really useful!) technique for the skirt pieces - flatlining with a Hong Kong finish which meant that the organza wrapped around the dupion at the seams so I didn't need to overcast the vertical skirt seams.
The picture above shows the neckline stay on both the bodice and lining with strips of silk organza, and the grading & understitching on the neckline (so that the fashion fabric seam allowance is stitched to the lining to keep it flat where worn) and also the clipped princess seams to make it lie flat.
Now please bear with me, the red dressform really steals the thunder of the pink dress! It's a lovely bright pink colour! I will certainly take more photos when my beautiful bridesmaid tries it on.
So the things left to do on this dress are:
- Adding a waist stay (the stay is ready but i just want to make sure it fits perfectly)
- When ready, insert the centre zipper;
- Finish the bottom of the bodice lining - I'm still deciding on what to do (nobody will see it but I still want it to be finished);
- Hem (still to decide whether horsehair braid is needed); and
- Embellishment for the waistline. The pattern (simplicity 4070 - I made a view E this time) calls for a medium width band (in the same colour as the dress) with a corsage. I was simply experimenting in the last picture.
Any ideas would be very welcome!