4.16.2008

Linen dress, part 1

I'm going to show you something. But first, I'm going to breathe, close my eyes, and hope you guys don't laugh me out of the sewing blog world.

This is my design for a linen dress that I have been coveting, deeply coveting, in my mind. I'm no artist, so please, no criticisms there, but I think I was able to convey to myself at least what kind of dress I wanted. (Every time I look at this drawing I think of Angela from Project Runway 3 and my mind races to that episode where the challenge was to design for SJP's Bitten line. She didn't actually draw anything and just said it wasn't part of her process. I always assumed it was because her drawings might turn out like mine=)

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Well, parts of this dress are in varying stages of completion. I am using The art of fashion draping by Connie Amaden-Crawford to make the pattern pieces for the dress. I'm not sure why the Amazon rating is so low as I actually think the book is very useful. Of course I reserve a definitive judgment until after I've completed a few garments.

Today, I attached the bands to the skirt. I thought I'd show some pictures in case anyone out there wants to attach bulk-free bands to their own garments.

1. Cut a strip (I cut mine with the grain) 2 times the width of the band you would like.
2. Fold one edge 1/4" and the other edge up to meet the first edge and press. Now you will have one short side and one long side.

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3. Open up the band and sew the edge associated with the long side to the fabric.

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4. Fold the band up at the ironed fold and topstitch the band to the fabric.

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5. Ta da! You've got yourself a band.
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Of course there are tons of ways to do this but this one results in a bulk-free, edge-free band which I personally find aesthetically pleasing.

Until next time, and hopefully I'll have a finished dress!

17 comments:

Gaile said...

cool technique. can't wait to see the finished dress!

toya said...

not a laugh but a smile, I love to see people do their own thing with making there garments,, its really very PR, lol
can't wait to see the FO.

soknitpicky said...

You can breathe again :-) Your band looks great, and so does the dress design! Can't wait to see it!

Leslie said...

why would you be afraid to design your own dress?? you are obviously good at it. :-) I can't wait to see the finished product, and thank you very much for the band tutorial.

Adrienne said...

It looks great! Can't wait to see it all finished up!!!!

christina said...

Your dress looks awesome, and I think it's so great that you are working on your own design! Something for me to aspire to. I like your bands at the hem - so simple but lend a special something to the garment.

Summerset said...

Oh, I love this technique, yes bulk free and clean finished is right up my alley. Linen is perfect for this embellishment as it presses so crisply.

Stephanie said...

Great tip on the bands. You have my mind reeling now with possibilities!

I think your dress is going to be awesome.

Lashell said...

I think your sketch is great. I am considering getting that draping book. I can't wait to see the final product.

Vicki said...

I think your drawing is good!! It has all the details you want. Are the bands on the bottom of the dress? I suppose I will find out when you are finished.

cristalle said...

Your tutorial is great, thank you! And I think your drawing is cute! I can't wait to see the finished dress.

Anadiaz said...

Can't wait either for the result!!! ;)

Geri said...

I think your dress will turn out great! Can't wait to see the result!

P.Y.T. said...

I'll definitely be employing this method in the future. I think it's great you're doing our own thing. I just did a post about a dress I designed and made; Although, your construction skills are leagues ahead of my own. I can't wait to see the outcome!

ambika said...

Ooo, I can't wait to see the finished product! And that sketch is miles better than any idea I've doodled. Miiiles.

Berry said...

Oh my! It looks great... I can't wait to see it done!

Beth said...

That looks great! I can't wait to see the finished dress!