Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Big Sewing Mistake Repaired!


The whole twisty thing happened because I didn’t want to follow the pattern directions for a sleeveless dress/top. If your pattern directions tell you to sew the fabric and lining by machine except for the shoulders (sew those in by hand) – DON’T do it! I’m one of the seamsters that is convinced this is a secret ploy in “the industry” to make sure garments made at home continue to look home made. Search high and low for a tutorial that shows you how the whole thing can be done on the machine. Like this: sleeveless tutorial (scroll down to Lining Sleeveless Dress). Nancy’s method is slightly different from mine but both will give you professional results. (The difference between my method and Nancy’s is that after I’ve sewn the neckline I sew both armholes. When the sewing is complete I pull the side back pieces through the sleeve band.)

Here are some detail shots. And/or here’s a link to the review on PR.





Any vintage buttonhole users out there?

I posted this problem on the PR boards but still haven’t resolved the issue. In short, the SL dial is set at #1, I have two different models (Singer 1025785, 102878) and get the same results with both. The feed dogs are down but I still can't get a nice tight buttonhole. Could it be the machine (a 90's student model - as in home ec student - Necchi)?

6 comments:

marysews said...

Hey, that turned out nicely!

Cennetta said...

Great looking dress.

Lindsay T said...

That is one great summer dress! Sorry, can't help with buttonholes. I get mine done in NYC.

Summerset said...

Great dress - very summer and has a great shape for you! Glad you were able to fix it, because it really is a super dress.

Audrey said...

I love this dress, the style and the print. It looks great on you. I know every time I have to make a sleeveless lined dress I have to find the instructions on how to do it by machine. You would think I could remember it by now.

Trisha said...

Hi there! I just found your blog through Pattern Review. Your version of this dress looks great on you!!! I'm about to start on this dress and appreciate your comments. I will avoid sewing the shoulder seams by hand-- at all costs! :)