I've just begun to realize just how difficult I'm making things for myself with this flower girl dress. As usual, I'm hoping to make a fully finished dress, no raw edges to be seen, with as little hand-stitching as possible. I was heading for a fairly simple fully lined dress... but now I've complicated it all up!
There is an over-layer of lace... and I want to keep the scalloped edge of the lace on the skirt, which means the lace over-skirt has to be sewn separately from the lining and underlining.
I can't do plain and simple lined sleeves, because they are tulip-style sleeves... and I want to avoid French seams or scratchy serging on such tiny shoulder seams.
There's an invisible zipper that has to extend into the skirt area, meaning I can't just sew the back seam of the skirt up if I want the zipper enclosed in the lining... and again the free layer of the lace makes that even more difficult.
I want the lining and underlining sewn together at the hem, instead of individually hemming them, so the skirt seams will be enclosed, instead of having to serge or French seam them... although I'll still have to French seam the lace layer.
And that's not to mention the fact that I drafted a whole sloper just to make sure it would fit right!
Is it even possible to machine sew something that complicated, or am I crazy for even thinking of it? Should I just whip everything together and serge it all off, or is it worth all the effort (and the brain-stretching!) for something perfect on the inside and out?
Thanks for stopping by and letting me unload my worries,
PS: Did I mention that I finished cutting all the pieces out... all 33 of them? Really, 33 pieces for one little girl's dress.