I finally finnished this dress. This entry is divided in two. The first part can be found a couple of posts bellow.
Now that I am done , I discovered that the sewing instructions can be found at http://www.lekala.co/dress-with-ruffled-skirt.html. I am happy to find these instructions. Finally a sight that actually makes the lekala patterns understandable. I think this will increase the sale of these patterns because they do have wonderful design. The individual downloads are also a great feature.
I see that I did not sew my “pleats” in the right direction, but I do not think it really makes a difference. The one thing I will do is tack the top skirt to the lining skirt the way it was described in the last part of these instructions. Earlier I did not understand how to make the dress drape the way it should. Now I have the solution, 🙂 wonderful!!!
Even though I discovered this a bit late I was able to complete the dress.
I am looking forward to adding the tucks and “lift” the skirt. The flat look I got here is not quite right.
Here are some photos of how I put the dress together:
First I sewed the center front seam and the pleats as shown in my last post on this dress https://sewingforfun.wordpress.com/2012/12/29/lekala-4107/.
As you can see I basted the belt to the bodice before sewing the side seams.
Next I put the lining onto the dress right sides together and sewed the armhole seams.
This is a bit tricky because the shoulder area is very narrow. I solved this by sewing as far as I felt I could, starting at the back. Then I turned my fabric back and worked from a different angle. always working towards the “difficult”, narrow part at the shoulders. being careful not to “snag” fabric , I finally made it arround.
🙂 Now I was ready for the side seams and to start finnishing the bottom of the dress.
I did not want to gather the bottom part all at once. I think it is easier to get a good even results when dividing it into smaller parts.
After sewing the bottom of the lining to the gathered bottom part of the dress I turned the dress right side out and pressed all my seams.
Like the instructions mentioned above (http://www.lekala.co/dress-with-ruffled-skirt.html) I also added a zipper in center back.
Even though I did not have these instructions while sewing, the dress looks “almost” right. It will be fun to add the tucks in the skirt though. I will post that photo later, it is now in the middle of the night and I do not think my daughter will appreciate me disturbing her now 🙂
Da, da da dam!!!! Here is the result after adding the tucks to the dress!!! What a difference understandable instructions make!!! To the people behind the Lekala website, THANK YOU SO MUCH for the effort you are making helping us understand these patterns. It is so worth it!!!
It is incredible how this last “detail” brings the design of the dress together 🙂 🙂 🙂