Exciting news! After 6 years of sewing from dress patterns, I have finally figured out what "understitch" means. For years, I have been trying to decipher the vague instructions and obscure picture.
- No tie backs (redundant)
- No sleeve lining (skipped it this time because it seems silly to have lined cap-like sleeves)
- Cut the trim length in half and do a regular hem
This project took about 5 or 6 hours from cutting to completion, which is not "fast" for me. I like to finish dresses within about 3 hours or so. And, having to slipstitch the lining to the seams is for chumps. Unfortunately, I have yet to master the skill it takes to perfectly measure and fold so that the lining is flush enough with the seam to just topstitch.
On the other hand, I just love the neckline on this dress, and the way the skirt is full and twirly pleases me. I will probably make this again.