My Muse: I told you not to use it.
Me: But it was so perfect! Cream satin with little red poinsettias and just the right size.
My Muse: Yes, but I told you not to use it. It's acetate and kinda old. You know how acetate ribbon breaks down.
Me: But I don't think I have anything to replace it!
My Muse: You probably do. Lets check the box. (sounds of rummaging) Here, use this.
Me: Black lace?
My Muse: Yes, it is just the right size and nobody is going to see it anyway.
Me: Well, OK. (hanging my head) I'm sorry I didn't listen to you.
My Muse: That's a good girl. Now fix the dress and I will show you how to fix the Koala quilt.
So went the conversation. I had to substitute black lace for the lovely ribbon. Here are the pieces we will be working with. These are the last.
Thread the elastic through the casing on the sleeves, securing both ends. I used straight pins but you can stitch inside the seam line if that is easier. I used a safety pin to thread the elastic.
Back of sleeve.
Front of sleeve. (Remember to do both sleeves.)
Now pin the ties to the bodice between the armhole seam and the waist seam, on both sides. You can baste these in place if it makes it easier.
Join the side seams, right sides together. Start by matching and pinning all the seams. Pin the long portions of the sleeves and skirt by halves. Much easier that way.
Now stitch from the sleeve down to the hem.
Trim the sleeve and clip the corners at the sleeve ends.
Press the skirt seam open. If this was a larger garment, you would press the entire seam open, but this dress is so small, pressing the seam above the waist would do more harm than good. Look, it is a dress! Here is the front.
Here is the back.
I am going to see my daughter at a family party this weekend and Autumn will be there. So I am going to wait and try the dress on her before I hem. Other than that, the dress is finished. I like the way it turned out.
Love from Liri