Version three of the Dottie Angel dress. I went back to the kimono sleeves, lowered the waistline, and messed with the pockets. I need to shift the waist tucks back toward the center back on the next version, but theses are pretty good.
The underarm on the purple dress tore so I reinforced these with bias. I trimmed the seam allowance back to 1/4 inch, clipped it along the curve, ironed it open (butterflied), and overstitched bias, overlapping the end of the faux-French seam below it.
This is an overkill variant of Lilacs & Lace's topstitching method.
From the outside. The raw end of the bias was covered later by the sleeve-edge binding.
Fancy bias hem facing:
I need a better mirror.