Monday, August 22, 2011
What you see in these photos is the upper bodices sewn together at the shoulders (self-lined on the upper bodice), piping basted to the seam, and the lower front folded and pinned to the piped seam.
There's a bit of sag at the fold, but I think this is mostly caused by (a) the weight of the fabric; (b) the fact that there's no back on the dress yet to balance out the weight; and (c) the upper bodice linings aren't pinned or stitched to the lower part of the dress yet. I think once everything is together the way it should be, I'll have a straight line across the front.
It's looking much less like a potato sack than I thought, or at least it's a rather elegant potato sack. I love the fabric.
I'm questioning now whether or not I want the piping on that seam or not. It's nowhere near as obvious in real life as it is in the photos, where it looks like I drew across the bodice with a black Sharpie. The black in the fabric rises up to join it and it makes sense; on the other hand, I wasn't thinking how the weird shape of the lower front piece would play with the grain/pattern of the fabric and I'm not sure I want that interrupted by a line, however straight (or not straight) it may be.
I also may not want that black line there just in case I can't get everything to balance exactly. Hmm. Another reason to possibly unbaste. I'll think on it; I'm probably not going to get any sewing done tomorrow night anyway.