Thursday, March 21, 2013

Fashion Reject

Well, it took almost 2 weeks but I've finally finished the GD McCall's 6553 Fashion Star tent dress!

It didn't take that long to sew the dress. I spent most of those two weeks re-threading my serger and waiting for my knit interfacing to arrive. I didn't even know knit interfacing existed until I tried ironing my regular-ass interfacing onto the ponte and they weren't havin' it. 

I chose to make it in black ponte which is a heavy polyester double knit. This material is great in that it drapes well, I can take it to the fold-and-wash, and doesn't wrinkle. It's definitely a cold weather fabric so I'm gonna try to squeeze in a few wears while I can. 

This is my fourth dress (ever!) and my first attempt at many techniques. Firsts include:

1) Working with a knit
2) Using a serger 
3) Slipstitching (hand stitch!)
4) Sewing a hook and eye closure
5) Using knit interfacing 
6) Sewing a waist tie 


I sewed the waist ties into the side seams, as suggested by Ginger Makes, to avoid flesh-baring gaps at the side seams. I also used a hook and eye instead of the button/thread hole thingy and omitted the pockets because I'm lazy like that. My hem is also a little on the short side but that's fine with me. ;)

Wonk alert:

1) My waist ties are uneven in size due to a serger miscalculation (meltdown) 
2) My back yoke slipstitching is lookin' rough.
3) I used the multi-colored thread that came with my serger with the rationale that no one would be able to see the inside. The hi-lo hem begs to differ.
4) The hook and eye need to be re-stitched so that they are more side-by-side than overlapping.
5) The armhole interfacing are just tragic. They keep trying to pop out and have little red and yellow threads sticking out.

What do you think? 

Loosey Goosey

Le Back

The Nitty Gritty


The neckline won't lay flat, even with staystitching. Suggestions?

The Rainbow Thread of Doom!

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