Friday and Saturday our SAGA guild hosted Cindy Foose. As always, Cindy was a delightful and very knowledgable teacher and guided everyone along as we made the Dolly dress. This classic dress has a pleated front as well as a pleat in the back under the buttons. It offers the perfect pallet for embellishing, which is exactly what I did! I am quite pleased with how it turned out.
The 2 days were enough time for me to get the dress almost finished, and with just a bit of sewing yesterday and hemming the dress today, it is done!
I used spaghetti bias trim for the bodice and sleeves. I love using spaghetti bias and purchase mine from Farmhouse Fabrics. It is so easy to use and is a quick way to decorate any part of a dress.
While I love using the spaghetti bias, I don’t love the pressing afterwards. I have always had quite the time pressing the bias on the finished garment after it has been laundered or after soaking out the blue marks needed for construction. During one of my sleepless nights, it occurred to me that I should shrink the bias. Duh!!! I shrink everything else. Who knows why this thought hadn’t come to me before. So, to test the theory, I measured off 12″ of spaghetti bias, wet it and left it to dry. When I measured it again, it was 11-1/8″. Yikes!!! I think that it must stretch quite a bit during the process of creating it and winding it on the cards for the shops. I have now wet ALL of my spaghetti bias so that I won’t be hindered with the next project that will use it. I am still quite embarrassed that I have been using this without pre-shrinking!!! Oh well, life! LOL!
The back of this dress has such a cute pleat under the button placket. It allows for a little more fullness in the skirt.
I’m sure I’ll be making another one of these dresses! If you have a chance to take this class from Cindy, sign up right away! You won’t regret it.
Now, back to Easter dresses – 2 down, one to go. Just a sneak peek!!! More later….
I hope everyone else is busy with Easter sewing!!!