Friday, December 10, 2010

I hope everyone is having a great Friday!  In my last post, I finished the bodice of my New Year's Eve dress and was ready to start on the skirt.  I love this skirt pattern because it's so simple.  No darts, no inverted pleats, just a couple giant squares of fabric you sew together at the sides and center back.  Here's what the skirt looks like before you gather it.  Pretty shapeless.

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My edges were fraying like crazy, so I decided to skip a few steps and sew on my hem tape before it got out of control.  With a circle skirt, I find it is easier to not pin the tape on first, just to leave it on the card and use your fingers to hold in in place as you go.

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Since the fabric is so thick, I anticipated some issues with the gathering. It actually went okay, although attaching the skirt to the bodice was a little difficult. The thick brocade didn't fall into place as nicely as a drapey silk or rayon would have.

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A plus to this super thick fabric is that the skirt is full on it's own!  No crinoline needed.

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Since this fabric is really prone to fraying, I trimmed my seam and used double fold bias tape to finish the edge. This is what the waist seam looked like before:

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And after:

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Since I've been having trouble with my machine, I decided to do the zipper by hand.  You can find an awesome tutorial here.  I used a metal zipper from the stash I purchased on eBay.  It says it's slim, smooth, and smart.  Sounds more like someone's ideal woman than a zipper, but it is indeed a lovely zipper.

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I pinned it on first, making sure the waist seams and the tops line up.

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Here's what the inside looks like.

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An extreme closeup of the outside after I sewed the zipper on. The goal is to barely see the stitches. I have to work on making them a little more even, but I'm pleased with how it turned out, given that it was my first try.

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And here is the finished dress:

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Despite the shiny fabric, I feel like it's looking almost a little plain. I have some leftover fabric I could use to make a bow at the waist. I'm not sure if that would be cute, or cutesy. I also thought
about adding some jewels at the neckline. What say you?

3 comments:

  1. I love it! You are so talented.

    I think I would leave the neckline bare. It's such a nice shape and plus by not adding the jewels, you could always wear a necklace.

    I think a waist bow might work. How big would it be?

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  2. I really think it's great just like that!! But I think a waist bow would be cute TOO.

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  3. Oh Amy that is perfect!!!!

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