Happy Birthday, Happy Fathers’ Day, a County Fair, and More Sewing

The 16th of June was my husband’s birthday.  He wanted carrot cake from Winco (cheap grocery store here), which is really good cake, but I was glad that Andrea brought strawberry shortcake.  We had a little party on our back deck because the weather was finally warm enough and dry enough to do something outside.

Now it’s Fathers’ Day.  Happy Fathers’ Day to all fathers!

On Memorial Day weekend was our (mostly if not all urban) county’s fair, which seems early for a fair, and also the kickoff of our Rose Festival, all of which I unintentionally missed.  I entered a skirt, which got 2nd prize, a dress, which got a participation ribbon, and a shirt I made for my husband, which didn’t get anything.  I got a premium check and I got an appliqué quilt kit.  I guess I’ll do more for next year.

This is the skirt that won 2nd prize. It’s 100% cotton. It has a wide faced band with an A-line skirt.

Another pic of the skirt.

The ribbon 🙂

1950s style dress of red cotton with orange floral cotton contrast. It looks better on me, but I couldn’t find a pic of me in it.

The back of the same dress.

My ribbon.

What the judge wrote on the back of the exhibitor tag for my husband’s shirt.

My premium check (you get a bit of money if you win, with differing amounts for first, second, and third prizes).

I received this prize as well.

I have been working on taking apart a suit jacket to see the guts and make a jacket to fit a friend.  I will blog about that when I get done with it.  Also I will put up pix of the sewing of my husband’s shirt when I get done editing them.  Working on some other things, too.

Here are how I made the red dress.  This is almost the same as the post for the floral linen-rayon blend 1950s type dress, only this is the original design with a collar and longer sleeves.  These pix better show the sewing involved.  When I sew, I sew as many seams as I can then press them all then sew, press, sew, press.  I did a lot of work on the bow on the back of the dress then worked on the darts and seams in the bodice and things then went back to the bow, but I’m showing all the steps of the bow together so it’s less confusing.

First, of course, wash your fabric if it’s washable and if your interfacing instructions say to preshrink, do that, too.  Press your fabric, lay out and cut everything, and fuse the interfacing to the facing/collar pieces and the waist pieces.

The ribbon/streamer part of the whole bow assembly: right sides together, stitch them together, clip the corners, press.

Detail of the corners clipped.

The loops and knot part of the bow assembly: stitch the loops piece along the long sides and stitch the knot piece into a tube then press.

Loops and knot parts of bow turned and pressed.

Ribbon/streamer part of bow turned and pressed.

Stitch the loop piece and the knot piece ends together and sew gathering stitches at the tops of the ribbon pieces.

Slip the knot piece over the loop piece and center it, which will make it look like a nice bow.

Pull the gathering stitches on the ribbons to gather them. This way, they’ll look nicer behind the bow than if they were just flat.

Set the gathered ends of the ribbons to the back of the bow and angle them how you want them to hang then pin to the bow.

Hand stitch the ribbons to the back of the bow and remove the pins.

The completed bow, ready to sew to the back of the dress waist when it’s finished.

The facing/collar pieces have been stitched to each other and pressed. The edge of it that sits inside has been bound with bias tape to finish it off.

At the top, a piece of fabric was cut on the bias and pressed to make bias tape with which to bind the sleeve hems. At the bottom, the waist pieces have been stitched together and pressed.

The sleeve darts have been stitched and pressed. (Sorry, the red in the photos came out really neon, so a lot of the photos now look odd.)

The back shoulder and waist darts have been sewn and pressed.

The front darts have been sewn and pressed.

The front bodice piece. At the left is CF (center front), at the right is the side seam below the armscye (the armhole), and at the top is the neckline and collar.

The skirt pieces have been stitched together and pressed.

The front and back bodice pieces have been sewn together at the shoulders and the back of the collar to the neckline on the back bodice piece. The back is the lower part of the pic.

Same as above but the front pieces have been smoothed out.

The top of the skirt has been gathered and pinned to the waist facing.

The waist piece has been put over the skirt and waist facing, sandwiching the skirt between the waist and waist facing, then all layers have been stitched together.

The waist and waist pieces have been turned upward and pressed.

Here is the interior of the above pic.

The sleeves have been sewn into the armscyes of the bodice. The seam allowances were pressed toward the sleeves.

The underarm/side seam has been sewn.

After sewing and finishing the underarm/side seam, it was pressed.

The waistline of the bodice has been sewn to the top of the waist piece.

The bias tape has been sewn to the sleeve hem and pressed.

The contrasting neckline/center front facing has been sewn to the bodice, waist, and skirt. Here shows the neckline and collar.

The facing has been understitched. This means you pull the facing and shell seam allowances toward the facing and stitch through those layers, not the outer shell layer. In the case of this dress, because the neckline and collar facing is what shows on the outside, the understitching was done through the shell and the seam allowances.

The facing has been turned and pressed.

The bottom of the skirt has been hemmed. Instead of folding up the bottom of the facing along with the rest of the skirt, I stitched over to its edge where the hem would fold, clipped the corner, and turned it right side out. It’s less bulky this way.

The bow has been sewn to the back of the dress, at the waist section.

This dress is my original design and pattern.

Now I’ll work on editing more photos.

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