Kate is Belle for Halloween this year.Very over-the-top, all that ruching. I now know why people use elastic instead of a gathering thread - see how that front row has already snapped and sagged. Or maybe this only happens with children, who tend to roll around on the ground in their new dresses to see how puffy everything feels.
So I pulled out all the threads, and replaced them with elastic.
Coarse, and not as elegant, but resilient. And with children, resilient trumps elegant.
Here's the back - all I will say is that it was fun inserting an invisible zipper in the midst of all the ruching.
If you're wondering why there's so much fleece in this gown (it's fleece underneath all that satin), it's because we live in Minnesota. Halloween costume sewing is easy, but it does get challenging to have it be warm as well. So anywhere we can add an extra layer of fleece, or a couple of puffy air pockets, we will. Like this sleeve- ruched to be in sync with that crazy skirt:
Even with all this fleece, and an inner turtleneck shirt and jeans/fleece pants and mittens, we might still need a fleece-lined satin cape to wear on the day itself. Which I should probably make. More fabric shopping. Whee.
One down, two to go!