Friday, 7 August 2015

Ellie Dress

Let's mix things up a little bit and talk about a few unselfish sewing projects for other people.

This is the Ellie Dress. A self drafted dress for a young customer.

One day a girl who looked about 14 years old walked into my studio with her mom. She needed a dress for an occasion and couldn't find anything close to what she wanted in the shops. So they handed me a few printed out pictures of different dresses she liked and asked if I can help them. And obviously I was on the job in a flash.

The main fabric is a thick viscose and polyester blend with a hint of elastane. It has quite a lot of weight and thickness. The lace is a polyester blend.

The sleeves are cut as double sleeves, so that there is no hem finish, instead there's a fold line. At first we discussed using horsehair for the skirt hem to give more volume to the bottom but the fabric was stiff enough after hemming it with rolled hem that it really didn't make much difference with the horsehair so we decided to skip it.

The dress closes with an invisible zipper and a self covered button in the center back. The neckline and back of the lace is finished with a bias strip of fabric. The seam allowances are finished with the overlock.