Welcome back! It’s Day 3 of our 5 day Fiddlehead Sew-Along so we are moving right along…halfway to having a pretty little dress finished!
Today we are going to add those beautiful flutters and you have some decisions to make. There are several possibilities when it comes to the look of them on your finished dress. Let’s see…you can do the double layer flutters, which gives the most dramatic effect, or you can be more subtle and just use a single layer. You can use the BOTTOM FLUTTER RUFFLE piece as a single layer or, my personal favorite, the TOP FLUTTER RUFFLE piece as a single layer. You also have the choice of finishing them. You can leave the edges of the flutters raw (since they are stretch knit and won’t fray), do a simple rolled hem on them (serger users) or you can do the fun lettuce edging finish. I chose double layer with a simple rolled hem finish. Whatever you decide, it’s time to go ahead and finish the edges before we gather and attach to our dress.
After you have the edges finished, follow the tutorial for gathering the pieces and attaching them to the armhole. You can see here that I still haven’t trimmed the tails of my clear elastic. I think it’s best to leave them there until the flutters are attached completely to the armhole.
If you are making sleeves, go ahead and get them on, too.
Sew the side seams and press.
Carefully press the seam allowance of the armhole towards the inside of the dress. Remember not to iron right on the clear elastic.
I have found that topstitching around this armhole helps to keep the flutters from flipping when the top or dress is worn.
Bodice…check! Tomorrow we’ll do that knit waistband that I can’t wait to show you…see you then!