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After an enabling post http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/sewingclasses/board.pl?t=46888 about Fabric.com having a sale on their VW (Vera Wang) silk and wool fabric, I found some beautiful 100% silk chiffon perfect for this pattern. It so happens to also be time for the Lingerie contest at Patternreview.com.
In order to combat the fraying and give more opportunity for the contrast thread to be used, I opted to cut 1" strips of fabric, roll hem serged on my BL Imagine Wave (love this machine) and then join 2 strips with a zig-zag to form a type of ribbon. This was then attached to the garment at the neckline and armholes.
Elastic was stained with tea and encased in the chiffon to hide it better. I opted to finish the hem with the same rolled hem as the chiffon ribbon.
Many views of the finished garment. Stay tuned and I'll take action shots of the ribbons and french seams.