The things we do! I decided [before I even finished typing the last post about this dress] that the french seams on the fine lace were a BAD IDEA. I also winced at the lighter thread showing on the dark side of the satin seams inside the dress. Bloody hell, when did I become bothered about such fine details?
So it got unpicked. Fortunately, it came out very easily. Phew!
I then re threaded with darker thread, and re-sewed the main seams. Then I did a narrow zig zag and lapped the seams on the lace skirt, and cut away the excess close to the stitching. Much better.And then I finished it all off. I opted to sew round the satin hem close to the edge, pressed up along the stitching [with the fabric fraying away before my eyes], then turned up about 1cm, pinned, pressed, and hand hemmed it for neatness. I really don’t like machined hems on special garments.
Invisible zip, hand stitching all the facings down [I did that with the bulkier seam allowances inside the bodice too], lots of pressing and done. I decided to leave the lace hem unfinshed, and just trimmed to length.
I’m very pleased with this, despite it being rather aboring make, I think it hits the mark well, and the measurements at least appear to be bang on. I’ll try to get her to try it on if we get 5 minutes on Friday before her party. Who knows, if she likes it, maybe the chosen party dress will get ditched?
Hanger photos only therefore…What do you think?