Monday, May 6, 2013

M3 2013 - day 6

Today's dress is the very first one I made in this style, and as such, is getting rather too worn to be anything other than a housedress. I think that I look rather like my grandma here, something about the indigo and white print looks rather vintage to me...

Since it was also one of the first things I made using my serger, I discovered that while serging protects the edges from fraying, that a really fray prone fabric will fray right out from under the serged edge if there is any stress at all on the seam, and that in those cases it is a good idea to first stitch the seams with a fairly wide seam allowance. I usually use about a 3/8" seam, or a half inch seam, but in this case it would have been better to do the standard "big 4 style 5/8" and then serge just the edge, that way there wouldn't have been any stress on the fabric, and I would not be continually patching the small places where the seam opens up. Live and learn....

If the fabric was not this wonderful drape-y rayon crepe, in a print that makes me happy every time I look at it, I'd simply sent it to the ragbag, but as it is all those things, I get to practice the somewhat out of fashion techniqe of mending. Today is going to be, if anything, even hotter than yesterday, so I will be staying home and doing as much as possible to make progress on the various projects that yesterday's heat headache made very difficult and slow. Wish me luck!


  1. That's a darling print and a very cute dress. Today I was wishing I had a nice cotton muu muu to wear in the hot weather. With pink flowers on it, or blue fish.

  2. I love this dress on you. The blue and white evokes Japanse kasuri, and with your darling side buns and necklace, you look completely kawaii.