Butterick 5244 is coming along....(I first posted about it yesterday). Today I spent several hours working on the collar, tabs, yoke facing, and hand sewing the yoke facing to the yoke, and of course sewing those adorable buttons on too!
I think my big tip is to sew the collar onto the dress starting in the middle and working to one end, then start in the middle again and sew to the other end. This way the collar is (mostly) centered properly. (Tip courtesy of Mary Nanna). While the collar took a long time, I think it was worth it! I had been concerned about my machine handling up to 6 layers of fabric (yoke, collar (which is two layers), yoke facing, tab which is two layers) plus three layers of interfacing (yoke, collar, tab). If I had used the ponte roma double knit, it might have been more difficult...but this is a medium weight knit and it handled it fine.
I used a stiff tailor weight interfacing on the yoke and a softer knit interfacing on the tab and collar.
Here you can see some of my fabric stash has escaped from the fabric closet (really, there's no room for it in the fabric closet):
I'm definitely going to shorten the dress...I had added a inch or so on because I thought it was going to be too short. I also need to address the CB seam since it's just too tent-like back there, and, oh yeah, that little detail of adding the functional welt pockets. Which I've never done before--don't worry I'm going to practice first.
In other news, I can't get the poll to appear embedded in this post the way I want it to, but if you'd like to vote for my new PR name, click on this (note I am not holding myself to the poll results):
Poll: What should my new Pattern Review name be?
Good night and be well!