Essense of Australia makes some beautiful gowns and this week I have the delight of altering one. If you click on the link you will see the most wonderful train effect using a huge godet/triangular piece of fabric sewn into the center back seam. I don’t know why more designers don’t use this feature as it really enhances the back sweep of the dress. At the top of the godet there is a diamond shaped jeweled brooch to math the others at the center back above the zipper. To bustle this dress that will be the focal point and attach somewhere above the last 2 crystal buttons. My bride still had lots of fabric dragging on the floor even after pinning so I am shortening the godet hem by about 12 inches so she does not drag her dress through the meadow and get grass stains.
Another bride who decided to cut off her long dress to be very short added her daughter’s flower girl dress and asked to have a purple band of satin added to the hem. It is 8 inches wide and wrapped around to the inside to measure 4 inches finished.
For those of you who ask/
argue why fabrics should be treated/preshrunk before cutting out I thought I would include a graphic photo of 3 identical fabrics, Brussels Washer linen and rayon blend, identical width and length. They were all washed and pressed and here is the result:
In a 3 yard cutting there is a 5 inch difference in length and a 2 inch difference in width. Imagine that in a finished garment!!! To me it makes no difference what the fabric content, I treat it before cutting like it will be treated after cutting so there are no surprises. It also takes the chemical smell or store smell out of the fibers and you can tell if the fabric will be sturdy enough to hold up to wearings or the “hand” is what you really want. I have pre-washed/
soaked in a tub of hot water many silk boucle wovens that were held together with sizing and when that vanished the threads just got all wimpy and revealed their lack of stability.
Now that summer has finally arrived to the Northwest the peas that were so abundant in the garden have dried up and stopped producing but the green beans are going crazy! Of course with the warmth the zucchini and butternut squash and Japanese eggplant have come into their own. The strawberries are sending out runners to make new baby plants for next year and our peach tree broke a branch with the weight of heavy fruit just about a week away from harvest. Thankfully the garden has taken care of itself recently as the sewing has not allowed me to escape and do much out there. Maybe this coming weekend I can do a little weeding and tying up and staking…fingers crossed!