Today I finished construction on the sleeves. Here's one of them, posing on a tailors ham:
And then I worked on the neck finishing. First I narrow hemmed the short ends and one long edge of the frill. Then I gathered it and pin-basted it to the neck edge, like so:
Well, yes, I do believe in using lots of pins! I hand basted the frill to the neck edge, then hand basted the piping, then basted the bias binding on, too. I stitched through all the layers, trimmed it, turned it, hand stitched it down, and I had this as the result:
I'm in love. Tomorrow--sashes, side seams, setting in sleeves. At least that's what I'm shooting for.
Have any of you made this dress before? Or one with a neck frill like this?