Saturday, May 5, 2012

How did they do that?!?!

A simple little swath of chiffon is giving me fits of frustration!





Mine looks too clumpy, and after 3 tries, I had to walk away. I'm eating my breakfast, drinking my coffee, and Trying to plan my next move. I suspect that strip curving under the bust line is cut on the bias, and that's why it's able to turn and curve so nicely. What do you think? I pulled out my stitches, smoothed it out, and pulled tighter, with this result:


An improvement, but still... Also, my mannequin is also proving priceless, as I am doing all the hand stitching while it's on her, holding its shape. This is a true couture gown!

My 5mm rolled hem foot is also proving priceless with this particular dress. I'm ripping the chiffon into strips, then finishing the long edges and (at least that part is going well! I know exactly how to make the lace ruffles for the skirt, so if I can just finish the front of the bodice, I'll feel so much better! I'm working from left to right, since the draping goes over and under different pieces, that's why you can only see the left side now!

The Audrey dress is still in muslin, but I did find the perfect pearls for the necklace, and Miss L found the brooch of her choice on Etsy. The construction of that dress will be so much easier!

8 comments:

Gorgeous Things said...

Definitely cut on the bias. If you cut it on the straight grain it won't curve the way you want.

Jenny said...

Wow, it's coming along very well. That looks very challengeing. Bias sounds like a good idea, and it looks like the original dress has maybe wider strips that are pulled pretty snugly on the bodice. It's looking beautiful!

Bunny said...

I agree. Cut it on the bias and pin in each pleat on the form, getting it to fall where it should. You can do it and I know it will be gorgeous. GReat dress!

Bunny said...

Just want to add a bit now that I have looked at it a second time. To me it looks like some of the fabric is pleated and draped right across the open neckline. Then the middle drape is attached inside and is used to pull it down snug. Whatcha think?

alethia said...

The dress is coming along nicely. I

couturearts said...

rather than bias, you might try cutting a curved piece maybe 3x wider than you want it to end up. Also, don't cut it to go from one shoulder to the other. Use 2 pieces that meet at the center front. You can hide the join behind the other piece. Good luck!

KID, MD said...

It looks also like the lower attachment of the center drape might be coming in a little bit higher up on the side seam. It's hard to tell though...

Kristin said...

This is looking so gorgeous! I can't wait to see the rest of it! Good luck!