Is anybody still there?
I know it took so long for me to do this one-but life became busy.
(and I wouldn't have it any other way)!
On with the hem facings!
Pin the ends of the facings and sew.
Make sure they have the curves running the same way!
Press the seam open.
Press the top edge of the facing with a narrow hem.
This is the piece you will stitch in place last!
Pin the hem facing to the hem of the dress.
I like to pin in equal intervals and then at gradually smaller increments. There is a small amount of ease but don't stretch the facing to fit.
Once stitched,press the seam allowance towards the hem facing.
Stitch along the edge of the facing making sure to catch the seam allowance.
Press the facing well.
Turn the facing up to the dress and pin in place.
Again,consider pinning the side seams and then centre front and so on....
Sew the hem.
You may choose to blind hem. I decided to use the hemming treatment that is used in the Family Reunion Dress Pattern.
Take your time and ease the facing gently. Stop and lift the presser foot if tucks are created.
For best results don't look at the needle,watch the edge of the presser foot.
I liken this stitching to driving on a dirt road. If you get a bit wonky slowly guide the foot edge back to the stitch line don't ''grab the wheel'' and over correct!
I promise,if it is a little wobbly no one will notice!
Remove the centre front basting.
After many discussions,Lidia and I decided on the special wooden buttons from Claire with lemon embroidery thread.
Are they not beautiful?
I love the traditional feel of this yoke.
Just thought I would mention.......if the worst happens and this dress is too snug over your little girls head,this seam can easily be unpicked almost down to the flat piping.
The beautiful back!
The fabulous front!
Now Miss Lidia,are you ready for that Play Date?
fabrics are all by Liesl Gibson-The City Weekend Collection available here!