......button! I took the dress with me in the car so I could sew on the buttons on our way to Cracker Barrel last night. I picked up one of the yellow buttons for the front of the bodice. ( I had exactly the right number of buttons, by the way. ) Anyway, I dropped it between my seat and the console. I didn't think that was such a big deal; I'd find it when we got to the restaurant, right? Wrong! I looked and couldn't find it, so I thought, "Oh well, when I get home, I'll get a flashlight and move the seat as far back, and/or forward till I find it. Wrong, again! I found ink pens, coins (not many), pretzels, embroidery thread, and various other things, but there was NOT a BUTTON in that car!!! My husband said to let him look. Of course, HE would find it! WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! That button disappeared! So, this morning, I had to go buy another whole pack of buttons. I should have used some I already had.
I got another button, and have 4 extra, now. So I'm set!!! I sewed it on and pressed the dress. My girls laugh when I say that I press something. There is a difference in ironing and pressing, don't you agree? Ironing is when you have to REALLY get the wrinkles out of an entire garment. Pressing is when you just have to lightly get a few wrinkles out and/or smooth seams, etc...as you sew. Am I right?
Whether I'm ironing or pressing doesn't matter, I guess. What matters is that this dress is finished. I added the buttons to the front bodice. I felt like it just needed a little more of something. As you see, I didn't use yellow piping. I changed my mind and bound the neckline and sleeves with bias cut fabric. I then made the yellow sash.
Close up of front bodice showing the drawn thread worked insert.
Close up of back bodice.
I thought I'd show you that I did not make button holes for all those buttons. I like the look of the three buttons in each scallop. I only made button holes for the top button, the ones on the outer most edge of the scallops, and the one just above the skirt. That one is mostly hidden by the sash, which by the way, I decided to fasten with buttons, too. I didn't think this dress needed a big bow.
Close up of the sleeve and over sized sash loop.
Close up of the Boutis technique on the skirt.
Now, to start on Miss R's dress. I pleated the piece of solid pink for the smocking, which I'm going to do in brown. I may try a picture smocking of a bunny. Does anyone have a good template for a bunny? I don't want an Easter bunny, because I want her to be able to wear this all summer. There are bunnies in this print. I don't usually use store bought piping, but I am going to on this dress. I want brown, and I don't want to buy another yardage of another fabric for making piping. I'm not exactly sure how I will use the ribbon, but I bought it, just in case.