I've looked at this post several times now. I bought the pattern about 6 months ago and I've been waiting for my weight to stabilise before I made it. However I don't think that's going to happen in a hurry at this rate, so I'm going to just make it
The toile fabric I'm using is a vintage bedding set. It's a white background with huge stylised yellow, mellow lime green and soft turquiose blue abstract flowers strewn over it. I need to decide on the binding colour, but I've decided to make the dress all in one fabric, at least for this first try.
A couple of tips for the circle skirt hem.I nstead of trying to take the hem up in the normal way, you could try removing the hem allowance completely. Then bind the raw edge with the same binding you used for the armholes and neck edge.
You could also take half of the hem allowance away and use the inherant bias quality of the binding to shape the bottom hem. All you do is stitch one
edge of the bias binding to the hem edge, press the hem up and then hand of machine stitch the other edge of the binding to the skirt.
This way gives a traditional hemmed bottom with the extra weight of the hem fabric to help the circle skirt hang, but without all the hassle of trying to get an unevenly biased edge to turn up neatly.
For both methods shape the bias binding before applying it by stretching it into a slight curve while pressing it with a steam iron (heat appropriate to fabric(s) of course). This makes the application much neater and quicker.
I'm a seamstress who never make clothes for herself.. sound familar anyone? ;p Seriously though, this is a job I've have to tackle on couture wedding dresses for years and the two tips above can save you a lot of stress. If you look up 'Bias Bound Hem' or 'Bound Hem Finish' in a sewing book or online you should come up with some tutorials and instructions.