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Making of Doris’ Dress – Chapter 4

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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.

 coming along

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Author: Mpressive Threadz

I started sewing when I was 11 years old, and had my own clients when I was 12. I graduated from the H.S. of Fashion Industries, majoring in fashion design. I expanded my technical background by attending evening classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology and working many years at a major pattern company. I have been creating custom wedding gowns and evening dresses for more years than I care to count. I LOVE WORKING WITH FABRICS. I love fine sewing techniques. I love creating beautiful dresses.

2 thoughts on “Making of Doris’ Dress – Chapter 4

  1. I’m here watching and waiting to see it complete.

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