|The muslin and organza laid out to cut the linen.|
This is Vogue 8648 and I am using couture techniques as described in Susan Khalje's Craftsy Class, The Couture Dress.
I used the fitted muslin as my pattern to cut the organza. Then, I was supposed to use the organza to cut each piece of fashion fabric. In this case, it is linen. Since I was concerned about the tracing lines, I decided to keep the muslin attached to the organza. Just in case the traced lines didn't show.
|The white traced lines did show on the white organza--|
with a dark background.
Thread tracing and hand basting the Little White Dress has been tedious. I have spend a few days doing this. I was so concerned that using white wax tracing paper wouldn't show up on the white silk organza. Then when I tried it, it did show up. But not once I put it on the white linen.
|Very blurry picture of how I pinned the muslin so that I|
could thread trace/baste the organza and linen on the
seam lines. This took a couple of days.
To get the stitch lines, I ended up folding back the muslin and pinning almost on the line. I then used a running stitch to baste the organza and linen together. These lines will also be used as the guide to stitch the pieces together when I baste. And if all goes well when assembling with the machine. This was tedious pinning and I poked myself a number a times so I tried something else.
|The purple lines are an air pen. They disappeared within|
an hour or so. Be sure to test before trying!
|This is a picture Mr. Toad took of|
the back. It was hand basted and the
zipper was pinned in.
I started thread tracing and basting on Thursday or Friday and finished sometime towards the end of the Super Bowl. Actually, I finished the bodice and the midriff. The skirt is a circle skirt and I wasn't really worried about the fit.
|Finally, machine stitched. See how unruly the seam|
Now, I think Mr. Toad needs to take a fitting class. Trying to explain what I needed, just confused him. So, I had him help with the zipper and took it off and on, pin fitting until it was right.
|The seam allowances are catch stiched to the organza.|
The stitches do not go through to the right side.
|I have a long way to go.|
I was able to machine stitch everything and assemble the dress today! Once stitched together, I removed all the basting thread, and pressed the seams, then pressed them open. Finally, I trimmed the seam allowances. I tried to leave them at about one inch, but the Big 4 have trained me to see 5/8 inch as appropriate.
Yep. I forgot to buy a zipper.