A lot of fabric,
lace trim, time, and gathering went into this queen's gown for a local
theatre company. I can't even imagine gathering all this gown by hand.
When gathering large
garments like this for theater or for costumes, you may want to use
embroidery thread instead of pulling up your bobbin and upper threads as
directed. Just leave about
2-3 inches extra at the beginning and the end and just zigzag over the
embroidery thread. It will be stronger and not break. You only
need to do this method if you are sewing heavy fabric or large fabrics and
seams for costumes.