The crazy thing is that the only thing left to do on the gown is not what should be done last – I forgot to finish the seams.
Why didn’t you just do simple yet beautiful French seams, you ask?
It didn’t even cross my mind until it was too late.
Since this dress is a gift and I want it to live up to the quality of its fabric, my current plan is to bind the unfinished edges with bias binding tape. The tricky part is that I’ll have to stitch the binding on by hand using a backstitch since there’s no room to get a machine in there.
Last night I made the bias binding from the left over fashion fabric using a tutorial I found on the Colette Patterns blog. I was amazed that a few little scraps made yards and yards of binding. Six to be precise. The process was slow but peaceful. Good penance for forgetting about finishing the seam allowances in the first place.
I pinned the binding along all of the seams, but it was the end of the night and too late to start hand sewing it on. Hopefully I’ll have some time tonight to start. I’m eager to figure out whether this plan will actually work.
The good news is that I have more than enough of the fun, textured bias binding to get me through this project… and on to many others. I already have dreams of making another Sorbetto, this time the true sleeveless version. Or a Pendrell. Hmmm…