Making a child’s dress – sewing the top together

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Halloween 2013 – Nearly There

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All that’s left to do on the outer dress is adding the lace, and it will be finished.

I’m taking this project at a very leisurely pace, since I have plenty of time before Halloween arrives, and I’ve been having a lot of fun hanging out with my husband, playing with the baby, and enjoying the cool Autumn air. I’ve really liked watching my progress with this dress, because it’s so beautiful and sparkly that I can’t help but feel a youthful glee as I think, “I’m going to be so PRETTY!” Like a fairy princess. :)

I decided to gather the skirt at the top where it attaches to the bodice, which gives it a more “floaty” appearance. I finished the inside seam by covering it with a whip stitch, then hand-stitching it flat against the lining. Unfortunately the seam is a little itchy against skin, so I’m hoping that having the under dress with it will mitigate that problem. If not, then I’m sure that itchy Halloween costumes are a time-honored tradition for many people.

I really really really REALLY love glitter.

Junon

Junon by Christian Dior

One of my favorite dresses ever created is this piece by Christian Dior, called “Junon,” made for the Fall/Winter collection in 1949-50. It’s beautiful. Inspirational. I hope that one day I’ll be able to at least get close to the sheer elegance of this gown with my own designs. I could sit and stare at pictures of it for hours.

Aren’t sequins wonderful? Imagine how long it took to sew these on!

One last picture . . .