Remember this post last week when I told you my next project would be Anna Maria Horner’s Museum Tunic. Well, my Museum Tunic is finished and I LOVE it! Let’s give Anna Maria Horner a hand for coming up with a great dress idea and the loveliest fabrics I’ve seen. As you can see, I made my Museum Tunic in the yellow Square Dance print. I thought it was the most summery of the three and besides, the store was out of the other two colors, so my choice was made very easy for me! When I saw the fabric at the store I realized just how sheer it was. Way too sheer for me to wear by itself. Anna Maria suggests wearing a slip/camisole underneath, but I’m ashamed to admit that I don’t own either one, at least not that fit me. What I decided to do is self line the dress. I chose a very lightweight batiste fabric in a pale blue (they were out of white) and laid it underneath the yellow fabric, doubling the dress. The two practically stuck together making it very easy to cut the pieces as one. Together they were still light and airy, very breathable and comfy to wear. So let’s get on with the tutorial!
(please excuse the terrible lighting, I had to take this at night).
Sew from the hem up to your mark. Repeat this step with the left side seams. I also sewed over the shirred waist again to reinforce the seam at that spot. Make sure you take the elastic thread out of the bobbin before doing all of this!
14. Now all that is left is to hem the dress. Fold the bottom hem under 1/4″ and press. Fold under 1/4″ again, press, pin, and sew.