As you know this dress was suppose to be a simple sheath dress. I liked the fabric, I thought it would make a great layering piece...dress/cardigan combination...but somewhere between the thinking and the cutting out something else occurred.
I've been seeing a lot of those retro collars and I thought this would be the perfect time to add one to the dress. I thought it would play off well against the embellished band. So I went looking for a collar pattern and since so many of my vintage patterns have collars, I started with one of them. This one to be exact:
I measured the pattern against my neckline and it was way too short. So I added some to the pattern piece to get this:
Then I cut 4 pieces from the fashion fabric. Sewed 2 together without adding interfacing. I didn't want a stiff collar ~ so no interfacing. Then I played with the collars by pinning them down starting at the center back of the dress. I was trying to get an offset affect. I finally achieved that by pinning one collar flat and then pinning the other on top. Flipping a piece of the collar back onto itself and gathering it up. All of this was then basted down.
The original vintage pattern had facing pieces. I did not want facing pieces in a dress with a lining. So I went digging through the bias tape drawer and pulled out the brown/tan striped bias binding. It was applied to the top of the collar with a 1/2" seam allowance. Then I trimmed the seam down and wrapped the bias binding under the seam. All of this was pressed into place. Press a section of the collar, use a lot of steam and a clapper...let it set...and then move to the next section of the collar.
Finally, there was another question about how I buy patterns. If I purchase them just for the details?
Definitely! *LOL* I purchase them for details, for inspiration, for the instructions (especially the vintage ones!). And quite a few of them I purchase believing that some day I will make a garment from them! I guess that would be true if I stopped fiddling around with my TNT patterns!
I get home so late in the evening that I won't be working on this dress again until the weekend. So pics of me in the dress this weekend after all of the finishing details are completed...I promise!
...as always, more later!