OK, I have made it to the top and facing of this wonderful dress and I now have to figure out how to finish the neckline.
I have never worked on a pleated neck top that didn't have a band around it so I have been stumped.
I foolishly cut a self fabric full facing, not thinking it through. I think its going to be too bulky and not turn correctly.
Here is the pattern pictured with the center front and side front of the dress.
There is actually a stitch line that extends down the pleat about and inch into the top, so the pleat is stitched and reinforced.
The normal way of finishing a neckline would be to stitch the facing to the top all the way around the neckline, then I would have to fold in and stitch the pleat. I think this will make it too bulky at the neckline. If I fold and sew the pleat into the lining and top separately then sew them together I don't think it will lay right.
I think what I am going to end up doing is underlining the entire top with lining, then cutting a facing strip (about 1 1/2" or so) with the pleat folded out of the pattern. Then serge the inside edge of the facing and use that to finish the neckline. Using this method I could even finish the sleeve hem by sewing the shoulder seam first, then sewing the underlining to the top and turning it right side out (I had just planned on having having to use a bias strip on the whole edge), THEN sewing in the pleat in both layers treated as one. Then I could sew on the facing and I would have to hand sew the outer edge of the facing to the lining without letting the pleat get too messy.
OK, what are the odds that I still remember this when I get home tonight? 00.00000
So, I'm glad I wrote it down.
This is one of those occasions when it would be nice to have instructions, but figuring it out myself is half the fun of Marfy!