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Making of Doris’ Dress – Chapter 4


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


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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