Plain and Simple Shift Dress

I have been wanting to try some heirloom sewing techniques for ages; but not wanting them to look to old-lady; it take a combination of the right garment and the perfect fabric to hold the stitches properly. The book, Fine Machine Stitching has many techniques to drool over, and I finally incorporated some wing-needle hemstitching into a garment with clean lines and interesting seaming. I’ll post pictures later, but you can see the lovely blue linen with a sample of the hemstitching above (in grey thread).

The hemstitching is substituted for topstitching, and the pattern the Hot Patterns Plain and Simple Shirt Dress (scoopneck, short sleeve top version).  I did the hemstitching around the peplum bottom and the bust darts.