Here is what I have been up to over the last few days with the blue dress...
Overstitching the edges for extra strength. There is a layer of 'fashion fabric' (cotton), an interlining of strong calico and a lining of cotton duck.
The layers of the bodice tacked and ready to be pinned and hand stitched together.
A completed edge showing stab and whip stitching.
Preparing to mark out the gold broadcloth to make bias trim (with my furry helper!)
The skirt panels are cut and waiting to be sewn. I still need to decide on what style of pleating; I am thinking knife pleats.