Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Waterfall Christening Gown Hem Band
In the last post on the Waterfall Christening Gown, over two weeks ago, I was diligently ripping out entredeux and cutting off the too-tight roll and whipped edge from the hem band. That's about five hours of work wasted, and all from not paying attention to what I was doing. At least it's a recoverable mistake, and one that I'm not likely to make again. Here is the slightly narrower hem band with a nice, even roll and whip on both edges and the entredeux added to one long side. I was very careful to check my work as I progressed to ensure that I didn't pull the thread too tightly and make gathers again.
Here I've started to add the lace. This is pretty easy! I'm using 1 1/2 length of lace to fabric, and divided both the fabric and the lace into eight equal sections. I pinned the lace to the fabric and pulled on the lace header to gather the lace to the fabric. It's really easier to do this by hand than by machine. I don't know about you, but I go crazy keeping the lace lined up to the entredeux under the presser foot, so I'd much rather sit and stitch it by hand. This also has the benefit of a nice, relaxing time of hand sewing and listening to a good audiobook.
Now all that's left after the lace is to attach the hem band to the dress, work the buttonholes and sew on the buttons. Here I'm trimming the fabric from the entredeux that's attached to the dress so I can attach the hem band (the length without the lace edging).
Then the dress gets a good long soak and wash. This poor gown is getting so grubby from all the handling. But that's what is so great about fine cotton, it washes beautifully. Then on to the bonnet, and maybe a slip, but that will definitely be by machine.