I was in the throes of custom dressmaking when I started this cotton bobbinet gown 6 years (yes, YEARS) ago and although I had all the required materials (being the satin organza for finishing and white silk poppies), I never finished it.
When I opened the Year-End issue of Arizona Highways last November, I saw George Stocking's surreal image of white poppies along the Mogollon Rim and felt instantly compelled to retrieve the gown from the bottom of a box full of fabric.
These photos by Cynthia DeGrand
Here is instruction for how the front of that blouse neckline is draped:
1. Pleat Blouse Front at shoulder, bringing line of o’s to meet O’s and stitching together inside. (Fig. U)
2. Stitch Blouse Front at center front below extension matching notches.
3. Make pleat, creasing on vertical o’s and bringing to meet center front. Baste and stitch on crosswise o at lower end of pleat. (Fig. U)
...and the detail image of that front neckline: