I've never been thankful for papers to grade, but I really needed time away from the blue dress to wrap my brain around the problem (see previous post). I've also never been so thankful that I kept the fabric scraps until the completion of the project! I sealed the edges of the border, as recommended, and let the pieces sit overnight to dry competely. Today afterschool, I very slowly and very carefully attached the border to the bottom edge of the missing skirt pieces. There was the tiniest bit of the dark blue at the edge, so that really helped the border seam blend in. Actually, I stitched it on twice: once at 2.5, and again at 1.5.
Once I saw how narrow the seam allowance was, I applied another layer of Fray Check and after it dried, I pressed the seam up toward the skirt.
Recut the pattern piece from the newly bordered fabric...
Not too bad... now lets see how it fits in with the center back pieces:
Okay, I can breathe again. I thought I really messed it up beyond fixing, but it doesn't look so terrible. I don't think most people will notice it actually, since it's in the back and she'll be dancing. I'll know it's there, though... ugh. Let. it. go.
I've attached skirt front to skirt back, so it's time to rethink again.
I really want to add a tulle/organza underskirt to peek out for that extra-girly-fru-fru factor. So, I'm thinking...
1. Cut the same skirt pieces out of the underlayer, but add 1-1.5" to the length.
2. Cut a rectangle 6" wide by 1.5 times circumference of the hem, fold it in half lengthwise, and gather.
3. Attach it to the top side, 3" above bottom edge, so that it sits between the blue skirt and underskirt. (Clear as mud?)