Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Make Your Own 1920's 1 Hour Dress: Step 3, Sewing and Finishing



Breaking the sewing of the 1 hour dress into two posts is almost cheating, it is a very simple dress!

Alright everyone, so after you've sewn your side seams together it's time to do something with that skirt side fullness. Now you can of course gather it, box pleat it, leave it hanging down on its own, or you can do the simplest thing ever and simply sew it down across the back on the inside (creating a sort of pleat in the skirt side) like I always do!



In the photo above you see the back of the dress and I simply fold the side fullness in and sew along the top through the back. This line of stitching is usually pretty camouflaged, but you could always hand stitch it for an even more invisible finish. (For more on what to do with the side hip fullness, see this post where I got into more detail)


Now for the shoulder seams. Like I said in the end of my last post about making this dress, you can just sew them together like you would normally sew a shoulder seam (left on the sketch below), but sometimes I mix it up! This time I sewed the front and back together in two short 1 inch sections on either side of the neck and then sewed a sparkling black glass bead at the end of each sleeve creating a sort of cut-out effect on the sleeves. (shown on the right side of the sketch below)




Here is a tease of tomorrow's outfit post featuring my finished new dress that shows off the shoulder slits. It's a quick way to finish the shoulder seams and feels feminine and fun!

Then after the shoulder seams are done all you'll have left to do is finish the hem! See, easy project! Perhaps that is why I have so many of these dresses now :) Let me know if I've forgotten to explain anything or if you have any questions in the comments below!



6 comments:

  1. Beautiful, and very alluring, detailing on the sleeves. Your way with 1920s fashions always knocks my socks off.

    Oodles of hugs & happy holiday weekend wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

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  2. Ok, I was sort of following up until now but now I'm lost regarding the excess fabric at the hips!! "Now you can of course gather it, box pleat it, leave it hanging down on its own, or you can do the simplest thing ever and simply sew it down across the back on the inside (creating a sort of pleat in the skirt side) like I always do!" - do you have a picture of how this works??

    Thanks,
    P x

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    1. I realize now I have to do another post detailing how exactly to do each of those options! It's on my books for next week as my family are in town for my brothers graduation this weekend and I'll be a busy bee! I do have a photo in the part 2 post where I've folded the fullness back and have it pinned to sew into a pleat but I'll draw some diagrams on top and add it to the post too. I realize I could have been clearer here so it's something I will definitely go into asap! <3

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  3. I like the beads at the shoulders, very pretty!

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