It wasn't hard to decide which daygown to make first - the one on the cover of the square yoke collection caught my eye immediately! Even tho I don't have any girls to sew for, I can always add to my "grand-daughter hope chest" - right?!
I bought two bolts of fabric from BessieMary's closing sale recently, and the pink pima cotton windowpane will be the perfect choice for the Madeira Hem!
This day gown has so many unique and awesome techniques that I thought it would make the perfect project for a sew-a-long! I hope you enjoy following along as I make this gorgeous daygown. I will not be following it exactly as it is instructed in the book - there will be some changes of my own, along with tips and tricks that I will share along the way!
The first technique I am going to show is what I call
"Bridging the Gap"
The collar on this gown is nothing short of amazing! The technique is actually called "fagoting" and it is a stitch that is created (on this project) to join bias tubing (or lace) to to the collar.
After cutting out the collar, I created bias tubing by cutting a 1" bias strip and stitching it together, turning it right side out and pressing it, creating a 1/4" tubing. Since I am making the daygown in size 3 months, I won't be needing as many rows of bias tubing. Size 3 months has just one row of bias tubing attached to the collar.
The book instructions are for machine fagoting to attach the bias tube to the collar. I chose to "bridge the gap" by hand.
Using water soluble sticky stabilizer, I pulled the paper away and pressed my finished collar right side up onto the sticky stabilizer. I then measured 1/4" away from the collar edge and placed my bias tubing with the seam towards the collar edge.I tossed away the paper portion of the sticky stabilizer and cut a piece of regular water soluble stabilizer, placing it on top of the sticky stabilizer.
I then traced around the collar, then peeled the
water soluble stabilizer away and cut out the collar.
I then placed the water soluble stabilizer outer edge onto the sticky stabilizer. This will keep your hands from sticking to the stabilizer, but will hold your collar and bias tubing in place so that you can work your stitches!
I am using tiger tape and DMC 80wt tatting thread.
Using the tiger tape, which is perfectly marked at
intervals, I put a piece on either side of the 1/4" gap.
Next stitch is to bring needle thru tubing towards the collar,
keeping thread below the needle and pull thru. You will work
this same sequence all the way around the collar. The tiger tape
helps you keep all your stitches evenly spaced!
After you get the hang of it, you might not even need
the tiger tape to keep your stitches evenly spaced!
This stitch looks much harder than it is,
and it's fun to make and goes quite quickly!
Isn't it beautiful?
TIP: Use a lighted magnifying glass to work your
stitches! It really helps a lot!
"Bridging the Gap" is completed! What do you think?
My next project is needle tatting a lace edging all the way around the collar!