Since I already had the darts marked I sewed the darts next.
Then I sewed the hem.
I know it seems kind of weird to hem at this time but, it was easier now than it would have been after sewing the main dress and lining together.
I also folded in the side seams in on the half bodice since it won’t be getting sewn in with the rest of the bodice lining.
After marking the darts.
I serged the seams of the skirt, and the bottom edge.
I also did the same with the “half bodice” for the waist stay.
The days to my dead line are counting down but I should have this done by the end of the week in plenty of time to also make the bolero.
Allthough I have amazed myself with how well this dress is turning out, It needs something. I decided to make a sash out of some of the scraps of chiffon.
I cut strips to peice togehter since there wasn’t a scrap long enough.
Then I serged the ends of the peices together, and the ends, and serged it into a tube.
Although I didn’t turn it yet I am sure this is what my dress needs and will looke better than the ribbon I previously purchased for it. (but I will find another use for that.)
The main dress is in two peices, for now. I sewed them together with a 5/8 inch seam.
Then I removed the zipper from the muslin.
After basting the zipper in place I sewed it in place. Basting in place really helped get the zipper where I wanted it. I got it right the first time!
The seam at the waist is about 1/4 inch off, since everything else lines up and it will be covered with a sash or ribbon.
I got back to working on the strapless dress today.
I started by sewing the back seam on both the under layer and the chiffon.
Then I pinned it in a few places to prevent the layers from slipping apart. And I pinned the pleats in place.
And I sewed the pleats down with a 1/2 inch seam.
Ok it is a little crooked but as long as the seam attaching the bodice and the skirt is on this seam or further in it won’t show. I Know I am doing many of the steps out-of-order, but it will look the same when it is finished, and it makes sense to me.
And my daughter will outgrow her favorite NFL team cheerleader dress. And she wants another one. After I finish my dress and the kid’s costumes I might sew her another one. I’m sure that I can make one much cheaper than the ones I can get online. (at least $40)
I was given Mccall’s 7839 by my husband’s aunt (along with a ton of other patterns, fabric and interfacing, she used to work at a craft store)
This pattern is out of print but I still like it. If my daughter likes it too I will probably make D and G-H. I think it is kind of a classic cheerleader look.
I have been planning to make a bolero to wear for a wedding for a while now. I was planning making Vogue 8957, combining two different veiws.
But now http://www.sewingpatternreveiw.com is having a frankenpattern contest.(it starts on the 16th) Combining 2 veiws of one pattern doesn’t count. It has to be from 2 or more commercially drafted patterns.
After alot of looking and a few suggestions from other members of sewing pattern review I decided on