I have started to share the work I’ve been doing on the apron dress..
We have seen (above) that I don’t always need the paramedics when I sew. But supervision is still highly recomended.
I have completed the bottom hem:
Next was stitching up the straps. Again, all hand stitched:
**I should note: I used a whip stitch on these straps because I am on a deadline. I didn’t, at the time, have any documentation that it was done this way over more ‘hidden’ stitches. However, my friends are amazing. In a facebook comentary about these straps, Baroness Tasha (Diane Dooley) posted this link. While the entire document is pretty fab, in this case paying attention to the part about Fabrics and Construction is where I would go, first.
Last night (Saturday, May 13), I started to hem the top of the dress. I decided to use a decorative embroidery stitch (chain) to do double duty. The working thought is to do two rows fairly close together.
At Birka, I bought some incredible hand spun – hand dyed wool thread in the most luxurious shade of Indigo. Two hours in and I noticed that my fingers were the same color as my thread. At that moment, the facebook meme “I panic at other places beside the disco” came to my mind. I was seriously panicking that the dye was coming off onto the yellow wool. Thankfully it didn’t. But 2 full hours of embroidery work must be un-done.
Because of my deadline, I am back to using cotton DMC floss, for now.
I have the first row about 80% embroidered. Then onto the second row. After that it is sewing the straps on.
At that point, ALL of the construction of the Apron Dress will be done.