This is it, the weekend when I really finish the map dress for the Fabric-Free Fashion Exhibition. And the deadline is still over a month away! (It seems like I have the same goal every weekend but this time, I'm serious.) In the last couple of work sessions some real progress was made. Here's a review.
The skirt was attached to the bodice and the front and back were finished as well as the shoulder seams and neckline. After a lot of thought, I realized I couldn't sew both side seams and turn the dress right side out, like a fabric garment.
I sewed the bodice sides but what had to give was the front waist seam. Then I sewed the skirt sides and turned that right side out.
Turning the dress right side out was like a birth.
You can see that the sewing process is challenging:
Next, finishing details like hand-stitching the facing down at the zipper placket.
Cheers, it's apparently finished! Nothing to do now but celebrate and try it on.
So yesterday I tried it on, a bit of a challenge but my husband helped me get into it. Unfortunately, I looked like Little Bo Peep - I'd hope that the shape of a body would fill the dress and make it appear less wide and stiff. I'm going to taper the skirt sides by 4 inches at each side and create an elasticized casing for the silly-looking sleeves. The bodice fits beautifully - the good news.
Back to the sewing machine...