Saturday, December 18, 2010

Finishing (and wearing!) the green 1940's dress

I woke up early this morning and finished the 40's dress so I could wear it today.  It turned out adorable, and I'm already keeping an eye out for the perfect fabric so I can make it again.  Last time I blogged, I had finished the bodice and was ready for the straps.  The straps confused the hell out of me - I sewed them on backwards the first time and had to rip them out and start again.  Doesn't it seem like they would go this way?

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That ended up being wrong, even though the pieces matched up. You have to sew it on the opposite way of what feels right.

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Then you match up your facing pieces and sew them to the attached straps.  My cat wants to help.

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To turn the straps inside right, I used my knife sharpener to push it through.  Whatever works, right?

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Once they're inside right, you press into place and topstitch. I used a lot of pins to keep things where they were supposed to be.

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Make sure your back bands are the same width or it will be uneven.

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I attached my skirt, and did the zipper and hem by hand. I had a lot of trouble with the zipper. The fabric is really thin, and kept catching in the teeth.

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I switched to a bigger zipper, but it was still catching. I read somewhere about zipper stabilizer, but I didn't have any and didn't want to run to the store. I instead used a piece of double-sided iron on interfacing, and it stiffened it up perfectly. The zipper glides smoothly without getting caught in the fabric.

And here she is!

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I'm wearing it right now to go Christmas shopping, of course with the addition of tights and a cardigan. I know I say this about every project, but I think this is my favorite thing I've made.

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Happy shopping!

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