Being reminded of a certain dress neckline that’s too large and has troubled me since making it, I decided to try out some of the suggestions I’d bravely given, in an attempt to take my own advice.
I tried on the over-the-head problem dress and finger-measured about how much to take in that gaping neckline. Guessed it would be about 2 inches, all the way round.
Hoping for once I was guess-timating rightly, I pinned in 4 equi-distanced finger tucks, two in front and two in back. Note that I got out my special safety-pin pin cushion.
I didn’t want to get stuck by pins when pulling the dress on or off. Even worse would have been loosing a pin. Where would it go? Would I find it only after stepping on it? Sitting on it? The opportunities seemed endless, and painful. So I took the itsy extra step to use safety pins. Glad I did. (No problems, they were fine.)
All the sewing gods & goddesses were smiling, and the quick fix seemed fine. There were four little pleats, front and rear sets pleated toward the centre.
I was feeling pretty cocky about now, because everything had worked out so well thus far. Well . . . . .
You’d think after sewing down so many pleats in all my summer dresses that these would be easy. I certainly thought it would be the easiest part of the project. No. The second pleat, in the front, went wonky. And I had too much angst to unpick it and do it right. Neeext idea?
BUTTONS! I love them. I love playing with them, looking through them, trying different colours… that sounded like a fun extra/next step.
Perfect! Not only did I find two shiny ones, but I think they mirror the record disk that’s centered (more or less) between them.
Ta-da! One job completed, tested by wearing, and definitely approved of!