|Spring 2011 Valentino|
Black Tri-Lace Voulant-Sleeve Dress
Earlier in the month I shared with you my work on my second copy cat dress (here) inspired by the Lux Valentino number above.
As I write this post we are four days prior to the deadline for the Copy Cat Challenge and I am waiting for 3 yards of satin bias binding to arrive in my mailbox to complete the hem. To date, I have purchased 12 yards of the bias binding. In most cases I would have made my own but between the my last bias heavy project and the sheer amount of work required my this gorgeous dress I thought I was getting ahead of the game by purchasing the notion. Somehow every time I turned around I was adding more bias binding to areas of the garment and thus purchasing more yardage.
For now, let me show you the construction details.
|Skirt lace basted to silk underlining|
My main dress fabrics are laces and a pale pink silk for the underlining both from Mood (purchased years prior). The lace chosen for the skirt is a large open lace, naturally the lace wants to hang away and droop from the underlining unless it is basted together causing both fabrics to act as one. I basted using silk thread and globs of Thread Heaven.
|Adding more satin bias binding|
For the armscye and sleeve seams I decided that the best method of seam finishing would be to use rayon seam binding. I stitched the seams and attached the binding in the same step.
Next I trimmed down the seam allowance.
Then turned the rayon seam binding enclosing the raw edges of the allowances and stitched to secure.
The end result was a beautiful inner garment finish.
I was concerned about adding my zip to such a delicate fabric, I used my selvage scraps from the silk underlining to act as an inner stabilizer at the zipper insertion.
My final fitting was heavenly.
And my lace placement, divine. Now if I could just finish the hem and show you the dress!
Side note: About half way through the project my ironing board cover died. In a resourceful state of mind, I drafted my own ironing board cover. I traced the board and added fold over plus seam allowance, created a tunnel for a tie to cinch to the board, added elastic straps and backed it with felt. I have to say it is better than any other cover I have ever bought and can not foresee buying another one.
Have you ever made your own ironing board cover do you love it?