Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book – Strapless Party DressJune 5, 2017 / byLynne / Categories : Feeds
|Yes, I did use a piece of fabric as a book mark...|
The bodice is underlined with some green cotton from ebay, and I also used it for the skirt lining.
|Inside of the bodice with the underlining.|
The bodice lining is some cotton that came from Sew N Sew in Belfast. I then added the horsehair braid along the top of the neckline, as in the instructions in the book. This is it in green in the photo below.
The bodice and lining are then attached at the neckline, and understitched. I decided to add a decorative stitch along the neckline too, for no over reason than I liked it.
I wasn't sure how much boning to use, or how many channels to add. There are a few dresses in the book that use this bodice, and there were a different amount of channels in each one. I decided to just go for it, and add them all!
Skirt and Zip
Attaching the skirt and skirt lining was easy, and I added some pockets because, why not?
I used a lapped zip, which I recommend basting in first. Learnt that one the hard way...
Here's what the three-quarter circle skirt looks like laid out on the floor, it's pretty big!
I recalled reading a bit in the book about sewing in bra caps, and found some on ebay. This YouTube video shows how to sew them in using a thread chain, which would normally be used to attach a lining to a skirt near the hem. This made a big difference, and I think really helps with the shape of the bodice too. Ultimately though, I think the bodice is slightly too high, so therefore too long. Having looked at the strapless bodice photos in the book, they seem to sit a little bit lower. You can see that it is collapsing a bit at the bottom of the centre front of the bodice, even though there is a bone there, and it makes sense that shortening the bodice would sort this out. But I've decided to get over it, and just enjoy my dress!
|This is what the bra cups look like sewn inside, along with a waist stay.|
As I've said, this dress was made without a definite occasion, but I have two birthday dos to go to this month, so I think I'll wear it then.
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