Monday, October 20, 2014

Lots of Little Details

When I left off sharing the insides of this dress, I was working on the skirt, which includes a layer of Pellon.  Watch out, my hips and I are coming through!

There is a bit of seam binding in there, surprise, surprise!  I rarely make it through a project these days without adding a bit of the stuff.

The instructions for Vogue 4203 included a new-to-me bound buttonhole technique, so I tried it out (first on a scrap of muslin, of course).  

It will not replace my favorite technique, but I love having different options.

And a bit of thread tracing is still a good idea, no matter which technique is used!

And, of course, the facing . . .

Lots and lots of buttonholes!

It's funny, I have done this so many times, I actually find it relaxing.

(Provided I am not working on a deadline, or in the dark - bound buttonholes are definitely a day time activity!)

I also underlined the bodice with a plain cotton.  It didn't seem fair to give the skirt so much extra body, only to ignore the bodice pieces!

The waist seam has bias covered piping made from the thickest yarn I could find in my stash.  I pre-wash a length of yarn and stick it in the dryer before doing this to make sure all of the shrinking is out of the way. 

The piping is then basted to the bodice.  It also finished the neckline as well.

The pattern includes this feature.  Oh Vogue Special Design patterns, how I love thee!

I often make a belt to match back to a fitted waist dress, but every once in a while it is nice to be reminded of other possibilities.

For the view I chose, the back bodice buttons closed, but just to the waistline.  That means a side zipper is needed to get in and out of the dress.

I hand picked a lapped zipper application.

And, of course, a waist stay was added.  Somehow I did not manage to get a picture of that . . . it is a pretty pale pink grosgrain, so you can just imagine that!

Because the bottom of the skirt is cut on a straight edge, a nice deep hem is an option.  It also adds a bit of weight to a hemline that might like to fly up at an inopportune moment!

And that is the dress!


  1. God is in the details--I love reading about your painstaking work on your creations. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Amazing details. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work!

  3. Hi Laura Mae,
    I have just found your blog and think it will be a great addition to my needlecraft education! I love this fabric.

  4. Gorgeous! The bound buttonholes are inspiring me, as is your dedication to each garment you create. I have a tendancy to rush through projects to get them in my closet, but you make me want to really make every one beautiful.

  5. I love this fabric! And the dress suits it perfectly!

  6. That is such a sweepingly gorgeous fabric. There's just something about the combination of flowers and butterflies in the same print that always makes my heart skip a beat.

    ♥ Jessica

  7. I really love the clothes you make – they are extremely beautiful and so are you. All your garments suit you so well. It's a big treat to read your posts and see what new glorious creations you've come up with.
    These dresses remind me of clothes I made and wore in the 50s but due to changing age, body shape, and lifestyle I would not wear them these days. I do love seeing them on you.
    So feminine, so pretty and so graceful.
    Vancouver Barbara

  8. you are just so careful and thoughtful about your makes.
    It's wonderful, a true inspiration!

  9. Your dress is beautiful ... but what a great tip for using up wool in piping! I have lots of short pieces of yarn that would be perfect for this.
    May I ask, is that an invisible zip? And if so, which kind do you like.