I did not complete the dress for the bat mitzvah party. I didn’t want to rush at the end and have a dress that I wasn’t completely pleased with so I stopped and wore something I already had. This will now be a dress for a night out on the town with my husband.
I decided the dress needed some type of detailing on the black midriff. Since the skirt has boxes as the fabric’s design, I decided to use the idea of boxes on the midriff. I wound up using the embroidery machine after all, using a box stitch to embroider the midriff in a contrasting color. I like the look, but didn’t do the greatest job pivoting at the point of the midriff. I now need to come up with a creative way to cover that.
In the meantime, the dress is on the dressform so the skirt can hang. When making a flare skirt, it’s a good idea to let the skirt hang before marking and finishing the hem. The bias grain will stretch. Many of you probably have a flare or circular skirt and the hem dips in spots. That’s the bias grain stretching. So let it stretch before marking the hem and you minimize the dipping.