Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vogue 1172 - at the hate stage ... must push through

At the finishing off stage and in this dress that's no frigging party.

The bias on the godets hangs longer and every time I try and straighten it up its still super wonky.  I need a dress form or a twin.

I thought I had it pretty right so I overlocked it.  But is this ready to hem?

Frigging stupid frigging hate frigging bloody (@*#$

But in other news.

I made a silk petticoat to go under the tulle so its not all scratchy.   
And that's Thai silk that was purchased for $2 at the Salvos.  Score! 

Party this Friday. 


I think hubby's gonna find himself standing on a chair this evening, don't you ?   And if he complains I'm gonna go all Mugatu on him "oh, I'm sorry, did my pin get in the way of your ass ??".



  1. I wish I could help... but I'll be checking back to see if anyone else has a good solution for you.

    Good Luck!

  2. I feel your pain - I have put in a request for a dress form for Christmas for the exact reason!

    Never mind though, there is another way that might work.

    Pin a line of chalked string to a door way at the height that you want your hem to be or maybe just below it if you don't want the chalk to show up on finished frock. Then brush up against the string, making sure it leaves a mark on your dress. I am pretty sure I saw this tip in Threads a couple of months or years ago...

    Hope this works

  3. ummmmmmmmm...I actually have stood with my back to the wall, or in a dark corner before. Sitting helps. Don't tell anybody it's crooked or they'll look.

    It looks great to me...I don't think you need stress at all. Go to the party, have a great time

    So many people don't sew these days they have no clue about stuff not being quite up to stuff. Don't worry....most people don't notice detaily things like that at all!!!!

  4. That is a really pretty dress and you've done a great job! I think it's time for Hubby to get the pins and give you a hand.

    I found that people who make their own garments are their own worst critics. Any tiny error and they feel obligated to point it out (myself included). I agree with Nancy, people will compliment your pretty dress and not notice anything untoward.

  5. I just read the suggestion by Cedar on Sew Retro and think it is pure genius!!

    The dress is divine. The fit is perfect. I am so jealous and want one.

  6. That dress is gorgeous. Don't worry, and don't point it out all will be fine.
    Or go out on the street and select someone who will help you. ;) B.

  7. I have one of those chalk-blower things that stands on a tripod on the floor. You set it to the height you want your hem, press the bulb and a fine line of chalk blows onto your skirt. Then just fold up on that line. Invaluable! Mine is made by Dritz. Hope this helps. Oh, and that dress is drop dead gorgeous!

  8. First of all, if you are ever sewing a skirt with pieces cut on the bias you must must must hang the dress and let the skirt hem stretch for at least 2 days. After letting your skirt hang, you could try a chalk hem marker like you can buy at Joanns, which allows you to mark the hem pretty much on your own (and a good investment, so don't worry too much about the cost). If you're uncertain about the markings, you can always measure the length from waist seam to desired hem, and make sure the length matches up all around (does that make sense?).
    Good luck!

  9. Hi! Your dress is very nice, you should see this video on Gertie's blog, she ahs some videos and in this one she shows how to do the hemming ina circle skirt, I have done following her tutorial and it works perfectly!


  10. I second the earlier comment about letting a dress cut with bias parts hang for 2 days to be safe. I rarely have a regular gored skirt drop, but the godets have more weight and may need that. I have never had much problem hemming if there's no drop, but I don't know if I have ever had much do that before. I have heard of the chalk line on the doorframe, should work.

  11. In a pinch, you can substitute a hanger for a dress form. I try on the dress and mark the ideal length at one spot. Then I hang the dress up. I pin the dress to itself at the waist to be sure it is hanging perfectly even, and then I use a yardstick on the floor and pin/mark all around the hem. I'd rather have a dress form on wheels ... but it seems to work OK.

  12. I recently had the same problem, albeit for a skirt with much less fullness. The best I can suggest (outside a gadget or a friend) is to estimate it on the hanger (or measure down from the waist, adding an inch or two in the rear) then try it on and take photos, then adjust. Photos, adjust, photos, adjust. It sucks, I agree. Best of luck - it's lovely!

  13. I've had luck with the talcum powder-covered string across the doorway with thinner skirts.
    For fuller skirts I've held up a meter stick in front of a mirror, with tape at the desired length so it shows in the mirror. Then I held the stick vertically and moved it around myself, holding the skirt against the stick as I leaned over to pin the desired length when needed. Hope this makes sense!