Here’s a very quick update on my dress for the 1930s Sew-along with Norma.
After some cold sweats and a worrisome night, I fixed the boo-boo I made with the flounce. In my previous posting, I said I was going to try stay stitching by hand. After doing that I pinned the flounce to the dress form to let the drape set in.
What a mess I made. The delicate flounce stretched horizontally and was too big for the lower edge of the dress. It was a good thing I cut the flounce much longer than planned. I had to cut a few inches at the top off after stay stitching by machine about an inch below the edge. I used three tows of machine basting for stay stitching. Then I clipped the top of the flounce and gently pinned and basted to the bottom of the dress. This solution worked.
- Always stay stitch a flounce along the upper edge.
- Then stitch side seams.
- Finish side seams.
- Clip the edge of the flounce before basting so that the edge will go straight in to the other seam.
- Use lots of pins and baste with small basting stitches.
- Machine stitch along stitching line and then 1/4″ above. Trim seam and finish according to what works best for the design and fabric.
- Now is the time to hang the dress or skirt with the flounce onto the form or a hanger so that the drape can set in.
Here’s the dress as I await the drape to set in. Hemming will be next. I think I’ll do a photo tutorial of how I make the fabric covered buttons. I think I will make the belt myself. A seamstress on Etsy does beautiful work for the kind of belt I want but it’s $30 and up. That is more than what I spent on the belt fabric. I’ll have to think of a way to make a belt that doesn’t need eyelets or a prong to close. The gold or silver of prongs and eyelets will clash with the print and belt fabric. I do not find a prong and eyelets to match the green fabric for the belt so a creative workaround will be developed.
The dress needs a pressing but so far I’m getting more pleased with how late 1920s it is looking. Once the belt is made it will be more early 1930s.