I'm putting together some hand-sewing projects for the beach. Preparing for a trip always means cooking, cleaning, and now sewing before I can get out the door!
I'm making jersey dresses for the girls and I want to have the machine-sewn parts done so I can settle in with the handwork while we drive.
So I've done the seams on the machine (zigzag stitch), and Clara's embellishment will be a pleated ruffle around the skirt and around the neckline. I cut two-inch strips across the grain, then pinned pleats into place until I had eighty inches of ruffle! These I machine-sewed with a basting stitch.
They get machine-basted to the dress, then I hand-sew a 3/4 inch strip of jersey down the middle to finish them. All the visible stitching will be by hand, but the long boring stuff will be already done!