Apologies if this tutorial ends up being confusing. When I first muddled my way through it I confused myself, but by the end of the 5 dresses it was really easy.
Vogue 8787 uses a facing for the neckline, but because I was working with ponti and actually don't like facings, I wanted to use bias strips instead. So I made up a whole heap of bias strips using the left over fabric.
I sewed the gathering section using the longest stitch (pattern piece 2).
I sewed the back pieces together.
I sewed the shoulder seams together.
I sewed the bias strip around the neckline, sewing good sides facing together. I sewed the bias strip at least an inch past the matching notch on the gathered front piece (pattern piece 2).
I rolled the bias to the inside, and pressed. I make sure that I can see the outer fabric when I press. Look at that random piece of thread sticking up there!
I then top stiched. I started on the shoulder seam of the un-gathered side (pattern piece 2) and sewed all the way around. You can see on the left hand side of the this photo, that the bias strip hasn't been top stiched, whereas the other pieces have been.
Close up of where I started my top stitch. Later I will thread a needle with the loose top thread, stab through were I started stitching and tie a knot.
Pinned the gathered side to the other half, matching notches. Lots of pins! Can you see that I folded out the bias strip. This makes matching the edges a little tricky but not hard.
Putting this side (the ungathered side) I sew the front pieces together. I use the stitching that is already there from the bias stitching to guide where I need to sew. I sewed a little to the left of it. You can see the notch and the extra bias that runs past it.
Now that the two fronts are together, I flip it right side out and check to see if I have caught the fabric, the gathers and made sure that you can't see the bias stitching.
Give it a nice press.
Now start the top stitching at the point where your previous top stitching ends when it goes under the un-gathered side of the front. See above photo.
Stop the shoulder seam where your previous top stitching began.