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!

2 comments:

  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.

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  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.

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