This is Dress "y" which is essentially a dress version of the T-shirt I'd already made here. Instead of a tie closure at the back, this one suggests a sew in snap. I'd found it quite tricky to sew the stretchy, cotton lycra, bias strips closed on the T-shirt version and I like this more utilitarian closure. As a bonus I got to play with my new plastic snaps for my snap press.
And, of course, I'd happened to purchase some beige ones which went fine with the olive dress. (and there's my entire colour palette in one sentence!)
The construction of this back placket is nicely demonstrated with some detailed colour photos that belong to another one of the patterns. The gathering at the front and the neck binding is shown here:
Step 1 refers to page 34 where the back placket is constructed. Step 2 presumably is to sew gathering stitches and gather the front until it's 4cm wide. Step 3 is to sew the shoulder seams, and then step 4 is to attach the neck binding. All pretty straightforward, although the neck binding is a rectangular piece with the same dimensions regardless of which size pattern you make. So, for my littlest 90cm size it was quite long. Given that you know how much gathering to do at the centre front, it's simply a matter of trimming any binding left over beyond the lengths shown in the instruction. I actually prefer this way of gathering and binding a neck, compared to "gathering to fit" a precise neck binding length.
Here's the pattern showing the ribbon at the dropped waist and how to attach it:
I would have loved to have found some ruched ribbon like that, and I can see (now) the point in using a ruched ribbon and hand sewing it. But jeez what a lot of bother....
Me, I just sewed a grosgrain ribbon on. Rather, first I pinned the ribbon to the dress, then cut the length, then sewed it. Of course as I sewed, the knit fabric stretched and by the time I got to where I started the ribbon was about 4cm too short. Doh!
I didn't have enough ribbon to start over, so I've just stitched an extra length on and tried to cover it with the bow.
I'm done sewing for the week, and am heading out of town, but I'll be burning the battery on my mobile watching the rest of the Japanese Sewing Book Series. Thanks again for the inspiration.