So, there’s a little thing that I glossed over in my last post, and it’s called a continuous lap. It’s that little bit of fabric which finishes off the skirt, when you have a button-finish bodice that continues into the skirt. It’s a great way of doing a front-fastening bodice that continues into the skirt, I’ve done it before, but sort of fudged it with facing.
I won’t lie, in the sailor dress I found it super tricky, so I didn’t even mention it in my tutorial, because I’ve never really come across it before. I’ve seen some skirt with a little bit of facing in the skirt but never a full-on continuous-lap seam. I’ve looked it up in all my books, and I believe I’ve solved the mystery of why I’d never heard of it… It’s also called a continuous bound placket, and it commonly found on shirt cuffs, binding the opening above the buttons.
If you’re still confused, have a look at the Children’s Fashion Workshop for some advice as to how to put a placket in your skirts, and learn an important technique in dressmaking.