There is still a great deal to do before this LBD is done, and I have less than twenty-four hours to do it. I need to insert a lapped side zipper. I need to attach the sleeves. I need to stitch down the neck facings and cuff facings. I need to hem a very wide skirt. And then there's Cathy's hair!
This is the collar. It's interfaced with hair canvas. Fusibles would ruin the texture of the taffeta but the collar needs to have some stiffness.
The collar was basted to the neckline, and the facings added.
After considerable trimming, the facings were turned inside; they still have to be stitched down by hand.
Here's what it looked like earlier today. Michael said it reminded him of Cruella Deville.
The cuffs are also interfaced with hair canvas for stiffness.
The cuff gets sewn onto the sleeve edge on the right side, and then a bias facing is added and turned under. That too must be stitched down by hand.
Here's how the dress looks this evening -- gorgeous!
I'm going for something like this:
My fear is that it will more closely resemble this:
I think I'm done for the day; I'll be fresher in the morning and am apt to make fewer sewing mistakes.
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