The saga of the cream vintage style dress/tunic continues!
My next step was to cut out the skirt panels. I originally cut six, but realized this would really make the skirt too large for a dress of this tiny-ness and delicacy, so I eliminated one.
I spent quite awhile thinking about how best to do the hem and eventually I decided to sew right sides together at the bottom and turn out and iron to create a practically invisible hem.
I then lined up the tops of the lining and eyelet and gathered, then sewed into the eyelet side of the waistband. On the lining side I ironed over the raw edge and hand sewed it down to create a completely finished interior as well as exterior.
The dress so far! Looking nearly complete, right? But not quite.
I still had to add a zipper, straps and a bow. Below are the pieces for the zipper and bow.
Pieces with the edges sewn.
Gathered the larger rectangle to form a bow shape.
Stitched in place and tacked to a safety pin so that bow can be moved/removed as wearer desires.
Attached in ideal position at waistband.
To add the straps I slit open the top of the bodice slightly, inserted the end of the strap, and sewed shut.
And voila! The finished garment! My sister will wear it as a layered piece, but some girls could use this style without layers as a sundress (although boning might be a practical addition to the bodice for support).