Finicky figuring and sore finger

7 Jul

The dress is hanging now so it can find the final length so it is time to get going on the bodice top and belt/sash/whatever.  The organza by itself was problematic because the non-flocked areas stretched and ruined the nice line.  Placing organza and lycra together didn’t seem to work maybe due to stretching, operator error or the mysterious “turn of cloth” issues.  Tried fusible interfacing – too thick and impossible to turn once sewn.  My arthritic finger is killing me!

With a clearer mind and more ideas, I started today by using my cover stitch machine to do a nice, stretchy chain stitch, measuring the width of the lycra exactly to a nice wide piece of non-roll elastic.

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Looks pretty good.  Now to do the same with the organza.

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Pinned on to the dress and ready to figure out how to attach it.

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You don’t really want to see the back of this.  It is in a state of anticipation, at best and a state of denial, in fact.  But I will post it anyway.  You can see that I have reinforced the center back seam of the bodice top with clear elastic.  I think that will help keep the shape better than it did in the last gown.

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Finally for now, a view of the hem.  The dress has been hanging close to 24 hours now and I trimmed it roughly last night.  Not much change after the first hour or so, to be honest.  There is some difference still – just a half inch, but it is visible, so we will mark the dress again, but this time on me, as Ritzy Mitzie has been known to be a bit unbalanced from time to time.

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