Anyhow, as the gathering had to be fairly precise, and I wasn't in the mood to figure out how to pinpoint the tension on the gathering foot of my serger, I ended up doing it by hand. Its a little on the poofy and insane mini-bubble side right now, but when ironed, and with the weight of the other layers, I think it will turn out nicely. I also feel I ought to mention, its not quite so shiny in normal light. Without flash, its actually almost dull with a kind of silky look to it. (Although burn testing has identified it as acrylic)
|poofy mini bubble prior to ironing|
The plan is to finish the skirt, and then worry about the rest, as if worse come to worse, and life interferes with getting this done, I can do a fairly plain bodice without it looking too odd. The fancy gathered bodice and a plain skirt could work... but it would be a little odd, and it was always the skirt that I liked.