Thank you all so much for the encouragement. I needed it so badly to finish this dress!
I bound the sleeves, put them in, did up the side seams, then added buttonholes and buttons, just like we did with the other baby dresses.
Then I hemmed it, clipped all the threads, pressed it again, slipped it on over the dress form...
And it was all worth it. How does that happen?
I wish you could see the fabric in real life. It glows. Just dully, not shiny-lame-Halloween-costume glowing, just a subtle, silk sheen. Beautiful.
When I got to the hem, it just seemed so right left simple. Because the fabric's a little sheer, doubling the fabric for the hem gives it the effect of a wide ribbon at the bottom.
I wanted to do a tuck. I tried to convince myself. But I couldn't. It was so lovely left alone. Perfect.
And it's sort of unbelievable, after all this time, that it's actually finished. On Friday I'll announce the winners of the drawing.
See you then!