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December 2, 2007

Holiday 2007 – Interior Work

Filed under: couture sewing,Fabric — phyllisc @ 10:52 pm

I must admit to losing ground due to being knocked out for most of this week by the worst virus I’ve had in years!   But I made some progress this weekend.

This style is really simple; it’s just a basic sheath with kimono sleeves.  The instructions say to sew the skirt, and then attach the upper bodice.  Instead, I plan to sew both front and back together with one long side seam from the hem right to the end of each sleeve – just like a knit shirt.  One reason for this change is that it makes it easier to get the necklines to meet perfectly in the center both front and back, and the zipper would be much easier to  install and finish.  I also had to modify the construction for the upcoming applique seam

So here’s where I am – this is the interior back of the dress with the finished invisible zipper, installed with Els’ method of course.  The edges of the zipper tape and the seams are finished with rayon seam binding machine stitched to the seam allowance and hand fell stitched to the organza underlining.

Els also recommended that I stabilize the neckline, which I did with a piece of seam binding stitched just inside the seam allowance..  So here is the back interior, from top to bottom:


This is the back neckline.  There will be a fashion fabric facing hand fell stitched to the organza.

This is the middle – I used a small piece of leather to hide the cut end of the zipper. 

And this is the finished seam at the back slit.

 The hard parts are over; the front is simpler than the back. The party is December 14; so far so good, deadline-wise!



  1. I love looking at the inside of garments and this one is looking great.

    Comment by Erica B. — December 2, 2007 @ 11:05 pm

  2. Love your dress with all this ‘inside’ details. Oh how I wished I had read your blog before now. I cut out a muslin yesterday and the top just slid off my shoulders too. I dont think it is just wide it is very wide DD tried it – she has normal to wide shoulders and they are straight compared to my sloping ones and slid off hers too! Now I have the shoes to match the dress fabric but no dress for Wednesdays “do”

    Comment by Skye — December 3, 2007 @ 12:50 am

  3. Time consuming, but the results speak for themselves; the interior is beautifully finished. I love the way the binding is mitered at the corners of the vent facing.

    Comment by summersetbanks — December 3, 2007 @ 4:49 am

  4. Phyllis the interior of your dress looks fantastic. I noticed that you did not add a reinforcement at the vent opening, which I would do to prevent the vent from tearing but this is just a suggestion.
    See the post

    Comment by Els — December 3, 2007 @ 10:40 am

  5. I’m still blown away. You’re doing an amazing job!

    Comment by Berry — December 4, 2007 @ 4:23 am

  6. This promises to be a masterpiece. And there is nothing like black and red this time of year. Looking forward to more…

    Comment by dawn — December 4, 2007 @ 7:54 am

  7. This one is going to be a stunner, that’s for sure!

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — December 5, 2007 @ 9:42 am

  8. Can’t wait to see the outside!

    Comment by georgene — December 5, 2007 @ 8:01 pm

  9. I’m in awe with this dress! You are trully a great seamstress!

    Comment by Tany — December 8, 2007 @ 5:24 am

  10. This is going to be an amazing dress. I’m enjoying tracking your progress.

    Comment by Nancy — December 10, 2007 @ 8:28 pm

  11. Please oh please keep writing! Your articles are wonderful!

    Comment by video — December 13, 2007 @ 7:40 am

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