Next on my finishing agenda, hems and seam repair! Every gown, every dress, every skirt, every pant leg, needs to be hemmed, and this dress is no exception. First, I tried on the dress to determine where I wanted to hem to fall. As it puddled around my feet I knew that I would be taking it up a few inches. I also wanted to be sure that I could walk without tripping over it, so I took that into account too. Because it is difficult to pin a hem when you are the one wearing the dress I took it off, put it on a hanger and hung it on my pantry door. I pinned and then put the dress on to make sure that the hem fell correctly. Then it is hand sewing to complete that hem.
Next on my list was fixing a hole in the bodice seam. This started as a bad fold, so I had to rip it out and re-sew it. Simple, straight forward. Done.
And last on today’s list is finishing the bodice lining. I hand sewed the lining to the inside hem of the bodice and contrasting fabric. This is something that I feel you should do. It is polishing, finishing work and it, in my opinion, is a sign of a more professional seamstress.
So close to the finish! Next, I sew on the draping!