So I bought this MASSIVE eyelet from Gertie's Shop.
I admit, I didn't really pay attention to the measurement of the eyelet in the shop description and the circles are a lot larger than I had envisioned. Oh well, you learn I guess! I still like them a lot, but thought they would look weird in a fitted dress. I was worried a dart might end with a large circle, pointing right at my nipple. So I thought for a bit and made my sewing stalwart, Gabby.
I know this isn't really a sewing challenge for me, but I wear my Gabby dresses all the time, and I figured sewing something tried and true would give me the freedom to sew the eyelet really beautifully.
I wanted this dress to be trans-seasonal, so I underlined it in lawn from Spotlight.
I underlined in a different manner to usual. Instead of cutting the pattern pieces twice, once in eyelet, once in lawn, I cut them in the eyelet, then laid the eyelet on top of the uncut lawn. I then pinned the two layers together thoroughly and stitched them together about 1cm from the edge of the eyelet. I then trimmed around the eyelet - and voila! I had my underlined pattern pieces.
I have to say, this method works much better than the other method. I don't have any weird flopping where the underlining fabric is shorter/longer than the fashion fabric, and it just flows beautifully. It is so much more accurate.
For this Gabby, I used shop-bought satin bias binding for the neck edge. I accidentally threw out my leftover bits of lawn!
So there you have it. My first experimentation into eyelet. I have decided, after all this, not to make an eyelet frock for Frocktails. Instead I bought the most divine stretch cotton to make a Belladone dress. Gotta get my skates on though - if you're going to Frocktails, what are you making?