Hi and welcome to the Serena WIP 2 post :o)
When I left off I had a test dress in red, draped on a mannequin. When I had spot up-gathered the skirt, I realizedÂ was going to need more length! Also the bottom hem of the gown is indistinct, nebulous and sort of bulbous. (I think I mentioned that before.) To achieve this look the gown is rather longer than the lining and the hem won’t be topstitched in any way. Just attached to the lining on the underside, out of sight….
So I added length, designed for the underside and freeing up some more skirt for gathering. I made this one in pink :o)
It’s really rather pretty, I think! I’ve decided that still more length is needed to have the sort of drape I’m hoping for in the silk. The centre front neckline needs to be a little lower cut as well. The thread gather I put in clinched it! So, back to the pattern to make some changes! (Although this pink one will be completed when I’m finished Serena because I think it’s lovely and is worth completing!)
I want more length for the vertical spot gathers in skirt, so that is where I’ll be adding more fabric. I was always taught to add the fabric where you need it! I have found this simple but wise advice indispensable over the years.
Here’s what I mean…..
I want length in the middle of the skirt, so that is where I am adding it. I’m not tacking it onto the bottom, ’cause I don’t want it there!
I want to add the same amount of course to all of the pattern pieces, so I’ll measure it….
I’ve now added that amount of length to all of the gown pattern pieces. I was ready to cut the silk that I bought for the gown….. It worked very nicely! Like a dream. A lovely, hazy, slow motion, silky dream… or maybe that’s just my cold medicine, lol! Here’s a quick look. It’s a dizzying beautiful colour!
I swear I think I held my breath the whole time! Not out of fear mind you, more out of reverence to the silk :o) Maybe that’s why I don’t tire of this work. I’m a slave to the visual and tactile beauty of fibers, among other things :o)
Tomorrow I will unpack the destination doll and show you this yumminess on the right doll :o)
Until then, have a great day, be good to each other and thanks as always, for reading :o)