Ten more darts later I was up and running:
I'll admit there were some construction steps here I didn't quite follow and just blindly trusted. There's this extra part to sew between the lining and the bodice that make the collar pop:
|(fabrics look good together, don't they!?)|
But between lining and right and wrong sides together then right and right sides together my spacial skills weren't quite up to the task. It reminds me of when I made the dinosaur costumes and had to add the scales to the tail then turn everything inside out. It was a mess. Anyway. So I just blindly followed along here, fingers crossed, whiskey poured.
It didn't help that I used a double sided interfacing on that extra panel part, when they just called for one sided. Things got a little sticky. Also.....some of the paper was unavoidably attached to the interfacing because it was between seams and presses and stuff so the collar is a little stiffer than it needs to be. Like really stiff. Like it's excited to see you. But I think it turned out pretty well, and maybe I'm the only one who will hear the paper crinkle as I put it on. Pop that collar, gurl!
The directions called for understitching but I didn't quite understand what that meant (I'm a visual learner!) until I was falling asleep in bed last night....Forward, ho!