I hope everyone had a lovely Memorial Day weekend! After returning from my work trip last week, I hosted a Game Day BBQ on Saturday, saw the new X-Men movie on Sunday, and painted the loft, grilled dinner out, and did other relaxing things (like sewing!) yesterday. It was a nice weekend.
I did manage to finish sewing my Space Dress over the weekend. The dress was View B of McCall’s 4444, which I was making as part of my Spacey Summer Sewing Series. I’m glad I got done with the dress quickl, since I have one more project for this series, and the month of May is rapidly dwindling away!
I believe when I left off, I just had to finish a few things:
1. Invisible Zipper Install
I used this tutorial to install my invisible zipper, which I have only done once before, on one of my first projects, a pirate costume. It was pretty easy, though I struggled to get the seam directly below the zipper bottom stitched closed without weird puckers and folds occurring. Here is what my zipper looked like when I finished.
2. Finishing the Back Straps
I had to connect the vertical back straps to the halter pieces. Thankfully I left an appropriately sized opening in the halter strap, I stitched them in, and then tried the dress on. There was way too much strap, so I marked it, seam-ripped, and re-stitched. I also added on some hook and eye pieces (via machine stitchery, NOT hand-stitching) to connect the end of the halter straps. Here is the finished back.
I did a quick narrow hem along the dress skirt edge. I’ll never be a fan, but at least this one was painless.
4. Fit Adjustments
The hardest part of this project was the gathering and fit at the bust line. Since most patterns are made for a B-cup and this is sub-optimal for my body, I cut the bust pieces larger, and planned to make necessary darts at the end. This ultimately worked out well. But the center of this top called for gathering to occur after the two cup pieces were stitched together at the center AND attached to the matching lining piece. So the seam was bulky and my gathering threads were not working well – breaking and just not effectively gathering the fabric. Ultimately, I doubled the size of the loop that went in the center to hold the gathers. Then I hand gathered the center and pinned it all down under the loop. The first time I did this, I wound up with some bulging in the top. But Fred helped me fix it and regather things a bit better. I still had to do a bit of creative tacking in the center loop area to make the halter neckline work properly. All this modification resulted in some poofy gathers that looked a little off, so I also added some darts in the side / armhole area. Here is a shot of my before and after top piece.
I think the center loop piece looks fine by itself, but for the final dress try-on, I decided to try out a pin to help hide my interesting tacking trick which you can see in the picture on the right (almost looks like a small bow). Do you like it better with the pin (which I wore at my sister’s wedding, so yay for finding another purpose for it!), or without?
I posed in front of our freshly painted walls! The color is “Mountain River”. I like it. Still have to do the space accent wall, but I’m glad we got the color up (finally). One final shot of the space dress:
The final piece in the Spacey Summer Sewing Series coming later this week!