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June 10, 2008

Distinctive Prints: Part 3

Filed under: Designing,Fabric,Gigi,sewing — Gigi @ 4:18 pm

My extra fabric arrived last Friday so I’m finally able to work on my dress this week (make sure you hit the back button to come back here). I didn’t have much sewing time today but I was able to assemble the front and back pieces and bind the neckline.

It’s been said before but I’ll say it again: the neckline is very low even for someone like me who likes a very open neck (this is the HP Cosmopolitan Dress – a favorite). I raised it up by 1″ at the center front and added a ribbing-style finish and it’s perfect. Had I wanted to use a facing, a binding or simply turn in and topstitch it would have been too low. Remember too that a heavy knit will drag the neckline down even more. Best to make it higher and then trim off the excess later.


I am off teeny bits here and there with my pattern matching but overall I am very happy with the way this is turning out. The print is so busy that I doubt anyone will notice my little 1/8″ flubs. I am very annoyed that the binding is not centered! I was very careful to align everything but the fabric must have shifted and I did not notice until I was finished serging. No way was I going to take all that stitching out! My fault for not machine-tacking it.


Hopefully I will have some time tomorrow to get to work on those ties. There will be some piecing involved and I want to make sure it is perfect. Then I just have the sleeves, side seams and the hem – woohoo!



  1. Fabulous! I really like how you worked the contrast of the fabric into the waistline. Looks neat balanced out with the neckline.

    Comment by stitchstitch — June 10, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

  2. This project just blows me away. You are doing an amazing job.

    Comment by Laura — June 10, 2008 @ 5:59 pm

  3. Love it! Great job. Would love to have it myself.

    I asked my Grandmother about a sewing “flub” on my then 2 year old daughter’s dress. Her response, “On a galloping giraffe, who is going to notice.”

    Not to say you are a galloping giraffe! 🙂 But when you are walking, no one will notice the small things that bother you.

    Comment by Lisa — June 10, 2008 @ 6:31 pm

  4. This is one awesome dress you’re making. I love the contrast waist treatment and your fabric is divine…Susan

    Comment by 2BSewing — June 10, 2008 @ 7:20 pm

  5. Gigi you will have to style this for us when it’s done! I’m loving every minute of seeing it coming together.

    Comment by phyllis — June 10, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

  6. Its gorgeous.

    Comment by Els — June 10, 2008 @ 8:03 pm

  7. I love this dress! Looks like it will be fun to wear.

    Comment by LindsayT — June 10, 2008 @ 8:22 pm

  8. That does it- I’m ordering that fabric!!!

    Comment by Nikki — June 10, 2008 @ 9:02 pm

  9. So, so gorgeous.

    Comment by jodz — June 11, 2008 @ 1:27 am

  10. Thank so much Gigi, for solving my lay-out problem with this fabric! I just hope I have enough of it 🙂

    Comment by KayB — June 11, 2008 @ 5:15 am

  11. Fabulous, simply fabulous!

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — June 11, 2008 @ 7:06 am

  12. The design is matched up so well. I’m very impressed. I haven’t tried sewing anything with such a distinctive design before.

    Comment by jenreece — June 11, 2008 @ 7:17 am

  13. Gigi, that is seriously fabulous. I can’t wait to see the finished dress, and I bet you can’t either! Zow!

    Comment by georgene — June 11, 2008 @ 10:37 am

  14. What a fabulous dress! I can’t wait to see it finished! I wish I could pull off large-scale prints the way you do.

    Comment by Alexandra — June 11, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

  15. You sold me on this fabric and knocked me off my diet. Ann now has $40 (more) of my dollars!

    Comment by cidell — June 11, 2008 @ 5:29 pm

  16. Gorgeous dress!

    Comment by Claire — June 11, 2008 @ 6:18 pm

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