Posted by: JoAnna | June 2, 2010

Day 7: Goodbye Fashion Lab

I’m sad to say goodbye to Fashion Lab, but grateful for everything I’ve learned from Diana and for the weekly sewing time.  It’s such a luxury to be in a dedicated sewing room and work for 2-hours without distractions!

As of tonight I’m done with all the machine sewing portions of my Girly Go To Dress.  All I have left are finishing the arm holes, attaching the lining to the zipper and waist (I only did a lining for the bodice), and doing the hem — all of which needs to be hand sewn.

I started slip stitching the arm holes, which is taking forever.  This stitch creates a professional looking finish, although I think it took me at least 30 minutes to do half an arm hole!  At first I had some issues because I wasn’t sewing close enough to the fold, so it looked messy, but I think I have the hang of it now.

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As a faster alternative, my mom suggested sewing the lining to the seam allowance of the fabric, since you won’t see it when the dress is on.  It won’t look as professional, but I might just do it that way since it’s my first dress and who’s looking inside anyway.  If I use white thread to match the lining, it won’t be that visible.

This decision is partially due to my impatience, but also because I’m having reservations about the fabric that I picked out.  I think it’s a bit too busy.  I have such a hard time looking at a bolt of fabric and envisioning what it’ll look like as an actual garment. I may end up breaking the dress up with a solid colored ribbon belt or shawl, but since I don’t know how much I’ll end up wearing it, I’m eager to move on to my next project!

On another note, I’m still learning to be consistent with my stitches, so you can see some of my stay stiching on the outside of the dress.

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I’m actually surprised more stay stitching isn’t visible, but thankfully it can just be ripped out since the dress is pretty much finished.  The stay stitching stabilizes the fabric, preventing it from being stretched or distorted when the garment is being constructed, so I don’t need it anymore now that I’m almost finished.

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