Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Back in the Groove

I resumed work on the sari dress yesterday. Although, I was tired and a bit slow yesterday, I picked up the momentum again today.

Working with dupioni is a dream. (Thinking about it, ANY fabric would be a dream after the ANTI-Fabric.) I've been constructing the bodice, which has side bust darts and vertical darts in the front and back. Before sewing the darts, I fused the interfacing strip along the top front for the decorative stitching. I'm very pleased with the results. It's kind of a shame that most of this will be covered by the overbodice. I suppose, though, when it's said and done and just peeking out from under the overbodice, it will look right.

The bodice has a top hem instead of a facing. I pressed the hem over prior to making the side (right) seam, which I figured would be easier to do at this stage. Dupioni presses and holds the crease well. After the side was seamed, the bottom hem is stitched under. At this point, the instructions call for the hem to be hand stitched all the way around the inside. I didn't want to to that and decided to edge stitch at the top instead.



The edgestitching came out well. Dupioni is perfect for this with a nice, straight, pressed edged. There is no curling or slipping so the stitches came out even and straight.




The next step will be constructing the straps. After that, I'll make the lining for the overbodice. THEN, the overbodice can be attached to the dupioni bodice which then can be attached to the skirt... (the hip bone's connected to the thigh bone; the thigh bone's connected to the knee bone...)

I'm not sure how much more I'll get done today. I'm getting a wee bit better at knowing when to call it day before disaster strikes!

7 comments:

AgĂȘncia said...
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2BSewing said...

Wow! Your dress is coming along nicely. The decorative stitching is working beautifully...Susan

Paula said...

Kellie, this dress is going to be beautiful!

When Ladies Dressed said...

Thanks so much ladies! I'm enjoying this project, and getting to the "I hope I don't goof anything up" phase, having made it this far!

Marji said...

this project is coming along beautifully. Thanks for sharing your process. Lovely decorative stitching along the bodice top too. will it ever show?

Bunny said...

Love the methodical way you work and your attention to detail. This will be a stunning dress when done. Its fun watching you work it thru.

When Ladies Dressed said...

Thanks so much for your kind comments! It is a fun project; I'm enjoying taking my time and not rushing. Marji, yes, the decorative stitching, albeit not all the way around. There is enough of the bodice that is exposed beneath the underbodice. Less is more!