Well, I finally finished my pink linen dress ...
under trying circumstances...
Do the sleeves look a little large?
That's because they are - (I am having a little medical trouble in the department of arm)
What really put me to the test was the demise, several weeks ago, of my trusty Overlocker (serger) machine -
after only about 25 years of constant hard work ....
Knowing the local Craft Expo was coming up, I decided to wait until then, to test all the usual brands in one location, and hopefully get a Show Special.
And I did - yesterday - and await delivery of a lovely new Bernina machine next week.
I decided to sew ahead on the pink, and telling myself that Coco Chanel didn't have an overlocker when she started out, and look where she ended up,
I thought back to the sewing lessons of the past.
For the stitched detail on the front of this dress, I did this:
Folded the seam edges inwards, and stitched down on the outside:
The pattern is the shift dress in Butterick B5821, with a centre front bodice seam, and dropped waist.
The dress is lined with bemsilk, and sans serger, I finished the lining edge with lace, and used purchased bias binding to finish the linen hem.
I put fusible hemming tape inside the linen hem to give body.
The dress is cool and comfortable to wear, and feels very feminine...
OPI have a special for October: Breast Cancer Awareness...
Called Pink of Hearts, a percentage of the sale goes to breast cancer research.
You get a pretty pink polish, plus glitter and decals.
I'm not really a decal kind of girl, but love the pink polish: