I spent much more time yesterday working on the sleeves than I originally thought I would. But then, I also spent more time working on “real” work and my kids’ homework. Here’s the bad thing of having a home-based business. Supposedly you can schedule your time as you see fit? Ha!
But I did get good work done on the sleeves, and now the dress is completely constructed except for the hem. I took my time on the sleeves because I wanted to get just the right look. First I set the sleeves in by hand basting. The 5/8 inch seam allowance was just a little too tight for my liking, so I ended up inserting the sleeves with a 3/8 inch allowance. Then I decided to bind the raw edges. To do this, I cut bias strips of plain netting and attached them using a narrow zigzag stitch:
I trimmed very close to the stitching, folded the binding over the raw edge and stitched in place. To make life easier, I used an applique foot, which is open in the front. This allows me to see the stitching line far more easily. I use this foot all the time when I’m doing precision sewing. Trust me, it’s worth the few dollars it costs.
After that was done, I hemmed the sleeves using a 5/8 inch narrow hem. It took longer than you might think, because I had to pick those damned sequins out of the seam. And of course, didn’t I go too far in one case and have to sew the fool things back in. But in the end the result was worth it. I really like the look of the long sleeves. They take the dress from “cute” to “classic”. And if I’m going to spend this much time making something, I want “classic”.
So tonight I’m hoping to hem the dress, and tomorrow hopefully I’ll post it over at the Sewing Divas.