After chalking with the chakoner, but before topstitching.
I binged on sewing this weekend. Finished New Look 6071 in turquoise, sewed on a bow to that yellow and white UW, and found a way to save a dress that I thought might be a goner. I'm several projects behind in posting.
Thanks everyone for your votes on my last post for Simplicity 1314!
Majority vote went to 1/2" squares (on the blog and in person).
Votes were more interesting about the color. On the blog, it was almost 2:1 turquoise favorited to black, but in person, black was the clear winner.
The fabric is RPL double knit with 100% polyester batting.
Based on your prudent suggestions, I made some more samples (flannel vs batting) and washed them.
I prefer the batting to the flannel. The flannel is really flat.
For those who said it's hard to see the black, you're right. All that work and it's hard to see. Maybe it will look better in sunlight but I finished these after dark. Daylight will come soon enough but I had to tell you now-now-now.
It is easier to see the turquoise. If I used this shade of turquoise, I would not have enough for sleeves, or at least I don't think so. I have 3 other turquoises in stash and I think I only have enough to make the dress with sleeves if I used the lightest turquoise I have.
But then how about this? Black with gray thread??????
Here's the group portrait of what's in the middle layer:
I like how the batting really makes the texture pop. The flannel samples are very flat.
So now what do you think????? Still all turquoise (and sleeveless) or black with gray thread? Oh, I could make this in all navy or all gray too....with sleeves.