I've found out I'm pregnant and that explains why I'm falling asleep every time I sit down for a couple of minutes. Also, my baby is crawling now too. Whew! She's a cute mess, as you'll see in this final video, she's into everything. She kept going after the tripod every time I tried to video while sewing. I couldn't watch this video without laughing so hard my stomach hurt. Between the baby, the cat, and the number of times I had to retake because my dog was making a lot of noise it was hilarious to watch it. Thankfully, I think I got all the dog noises out of the final cut.
Thank you so much for following along.
It's been a blast.
Here is the video I mentioned that shows how to starch the pleating before smocking.
Here is a tutorial about doing a placket, very differently from what I *think* the pattern I'm using says to do. I say *think* because I'm still confused, to be honest. But this tutorial makes more sense, to me. So, this is what I'll be trying on the next dress I make.
Here is a video about the neck bias, from the same helpful person.
I made a 2nd dress in just a few days, for my older daughter. This time I kept the dress on the neck guide, but I drew the neck guide on a piece of cardboard. So, while I was doing the smocking the dress was pinned to this big piece of cardboard. It was a Priority mail box, actually. One just big enough to put the neck guide on. It came out so great and so much faster. Of course I would expect it to come out faster, but I'm gonna do this step from now on.