Flappers, Necklines, and Winners

Sew Well - Downton Abbey Sews

I was hoping to have a muslin to show you today of the Flapper Dress from The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews Magazine, but I got bogged down this week trying to sew the neckline on the By Hand London Polly Tops I’m making for my next MSN project.  The pattern called for a strip of bias to bind the raw edge, like what The Little Tailoress shows in this video, but I really wanted to use the bias as a facing, like what Jen of Grainline Studio shows in this tutorial.  I measured (with my EZ Wheel Measuring Wheel), trimmed, clipped, under stitched, etc., but four attempts and no flat necklines later, and I gave in to using the bias as a binding. The bias facing technique has worked for me in the past with Sewaholic patterns (here and here), but maybe I’m still at the point where I need the binding to have all the many notches that come with Sewaholic patterns so I can properly distribute the binding around the neckline? In the end what I expected to take no time at all actually took up all of my sewing time this week!  So, even though this muslin would have been such a quick sew (two seams!), I didn’t even get around to cutting the fabric.

Anyway, what you actually care about is who won last week’s giveaway.  Congratulations go out to these five winners:  Emily of Emily Ventureshappystitches2CassandraJana of, and Gina Milano!  I hope you all enjoy your magazines!  Get in touch with me so I can make sure they’ll be on their way to you shortly!

2 thoughts on “Flappers, Necklines, and Winners

  1. Thanks so much I can’t believe I won – I can’t wait to get the magazine and pick my first project- thanks for having the giveaway

  2. Oh, what a gorgeous dress! I’m going to have to keep a look out for the magazine in our newsagent. Are those feathers around the lower edge? Amazing 🙂

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