I know, two posts in one day, right? But I did some playing around with options on how to finish the back bodice/sleeve edges this afternoon, and I really need some feedback! If you could take just a moment to look this over and vote in the poll below, I’d greatly appreciate it.
I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s really no way to finish this invisibly. Except for adding a second layer of organza to enclose the seams, and that would make the color difference between that and my skin way too obvious, and therefore defeat the purpose of using that nude organza in the first place. But here’s what I’ve tried:
Aside from that, I did get to do a bit of actual construction work today. I spent some time constructing the top and bottom of the front sleeve bits, and sewed those on this morning. I did end up using a French seam for this part, so hopefully the color difference won’t be terribly obvious when I’m wearing it instead of Donna. I’m a bit more pale than her! (I guess most people won’t be looking down at my shoulders anyway, right?) I’m also hoping that it fit ok, because dummy me, I didn’t realize until AFTER I trimmed the seam down that I should have sewn it a little away from the stitching line rather than right on it! But I don’t think it was so skintight of a fit that it’ll be a huge issue, losing that little bit in the shoulders. And anyway, I haven’t secured the straps in the front yet, and probably won’t until I have the zipper in and know the fit once and for all, so I can always compensate by adding a little length there if needed.
Minus the really wide seam allowances/inside-out seam in the middle/sagginess from no securing at the top, this is essentially what the back looks like. I did try to match the pattern in the back, but I think I’m going to have to take some extra out of the top of the main part, so we’ll see how I did. For the record, I didn’t even try to match the seams at the shoulders, because I was able to make the placement work out so I had a sunflower cutting through both the top and bottom sleeves, and I kind of needed that for gathering purposes. (Sort of gathering, that is. I ended up having to pin and tack it all down by hand, because the net was just a total lost cause for the basting stitches!)
I’m going to hold off on those edges for now– on to the waistband!
(Edit: Rats, how did my blog suddenly get all ugly?! Not that I have time to mess with it now…)