OK, life goes on and Gram would want it that way. I really have been sewing-for myself and for others as well. I started this project as a topper to wear to work, since we have to wear black.
I decided it was too sheer to make buttonholes, so I made loops. After thinking for a while, and not finding anything suitable in my massive stash, I hauled out the crochet hook and black thread from my mom's stash. I have used a ton of her things-glad I held on to them!
I made a self-fabric binding for the front and the neck. The front I cut across the grain, and the neck binding I cut on the diagonal to accomodate the curves.
The neck ruffle before gathering.
The ruffle in place. I made a tube, finishing the ends, and left a small gap to turn it. Then I gathered it down the middle and topstitched it in place at the neck. I thought about hand stitching, but I thought the topstitching would make it a bit more stable since you really can't interface the thing.
In all its glory. I REALLY need a dressmaker's dummy. I think I'm going to invest in one soon since I'm working so much-gotta get something I want out of it.
Just did three buttons. I had a terrible time getting my camera to focus, even on auto. I think it was because of the sheerness of the fabric.
Finished with a rolled hem. Love that finish and it's much easier than you would think. I got the instructions from an old Threads magazine.
After all was said and done, it's too dressy to wear to work! I would trash it working in my department. So now I have a lovely topper to wear to Macy's special events.
I did some sewing for customers yesterday-I'll try to get those up in the next day or so.