Another desperate phone call yields this little honey of a dress.
It will be worn at an international film festival as she will be an invited guest.
From a distance it looks…well “quite something” but on closer inspection, it is the thinnest cheapest polyester chiffon known to man and the beads are all just dangling off and it needs a side seam to be taken in and the halter shortened. The hem will drag at least 4 inches but the wearer is not bothered by that fact.
The dress was given to her free of charge as it was originally meant to be worn by a bridesmaid of a now defunct wedding salon and a cancelled wedding. The dress is cut diagonally on bias thus the body hugging appearance but it is lined with a thick gold polyester knit cut on-grain.
So let’s get started on the halter. Since both edges are bound all around and form a lump, I decide to fold back the 3/4 inch on one side only and remove the end binding. If the halter ever needs to be let out, the extra length can be restored. The knot of green thread is the final end of what holds all the beads on, so it is just left there to keep from unraveling.
The back neckline has the gold lining sneaking up over the edge so I decide to tack the whole thing down using the top beads as an anchor and going through them with a running stitch on the back side.
The one side seam needs about an inch removed for 4 inches so the lining is stitched first and trimmed away after the chiffon binding is removed and the seam opened up under the arm.
Using my needle nosed pliers, I break all the beads that will be trapped in the new side seam and hand baste the line before sewing by machine. I hand basted first as this fabric is just so thin and ravely and I was not sure that the needle would not just chew it all up and make holes. This foot allows me to get very close to the seam and it is better than the zipper foot.
With the 2 side seams finished, it was time to match up the 2 fabrics and you all know that when taking in slanted seams, you get the “step-down” effect so all this has to be trimmed to put the green binding back in place. See how thin the chiffon is??? Pink beads attached with green cotton thread?
All of this was hand stitched as I was really afraid the needle would mess all this up with the now added bulk.
It looks a little ragged but it has to flipped to the inside and will be anchored down using the top edge beads as before.
How about a close-up of the inside? Can you see why the beads are all dangling? Thick cotton thread with no knots to anchor the beads on bias chiffon…precarious!
Speaking of International, ever wonder what it takes to pack a Dior gown for transport to an exhibit in an other country? This fascinating video tracks the experience.
Just when Mother Nature was sending us unusually warm Spring weather and the bee keepers and orchard growers were panicking, 3 inches snow has returned to the valley to make skiers happy while they enjoy over 20 inches of fresh powder.
Hope your sewing week is successful no matter what the project is!!!