Are you curious how’s my dress going? Well, I’m taking baby steps, but it has moved on.
A little family history – my grandmother used to be a seamstress, she created costums for theatres and operas (she had to design them, so technically I have a member in my family who could call herself an actual designer :)). I obviously didn’t know her during the time she spent working, but I’ve heard that she was one and only, exceptionally talented, irreplaceble. Unfortunately, my mom always kept saying that she herself has two left hands for sewing, which I believed and didn’t question (although, she did sew lot’s of cool stuff for my Barbie’s, the wedding dress could have been worn by Kate Middleton…). Anyways, even if my mom is a little challenged on the creative side, she does know the technique. At least she knows the basics and it was enough to tell me, that everything I’ve done so far was pointless…
It turns out that you do the hem stiches as a final touch, so given the fact that they were the hero of my first post – I really couldn’t have chosen the worse order… 🙂 still, nobody knows better than my mom that if you criticise, you have to do it costructively, so here’s what I’ve done, following her further suggestions.
Hem stiches are out, but the shape of the bottom is created – I knew exactly which shape I wanted and it was essential to fold the material properly. I chose to do it like that:
The lenght of the foldings, as well as the gaps between them, must be even, so you have to measure each and every one of them. Then I measured my waist, measured the lenght of the fabric I need, added extra 4 cm for the zipper and cut the fabric all the way down.
Then I secured the foldings with the thread (I think it’s called ‘tacking’). As you can see, there are two ‘lines’ of thread – it’s because you secure the fabric from left to right and from right to left.
So changes have been made, a lesson has been learned. Now I’m hunting for a perfect top fabric and the zipper!