Finishing up the Wrap Dress
I’ve got to tackle the neckline today. I’ll have to make my own pattern for the facing because for some reason patterns just don’t always add these little details, details that I’d like to have in a bought pattern. But there you go it’s something I’m able to do, so let’s get on with it. This dress has a self facing but I want a bit more to give it a bit more stability, so I’m going to make a facing from the pattern about 3 1/2 inches wide, this facing will go down both sides of wrap fronts and meet in the back. REMEMBER: to label both facings and make all necessary markings.
I’m going to use the lining I used for the back of the dress in my facing for the neckline.
- Sew up the neck.
- Side seams basted up.
Needle and stitch: Practice, practice & practice before you touch the real McCoy.
- Needle (stretch) 75/11, this is a good needle for knit fabrics with two-way stretch. Use a new needle.
- Stitch: Stretch. This stitch gives me best stretch and it looks nicer as well. This stretch stitch eliminates puckering on knit fabrics and bias seams, while sewing flat, very nice.
My practice stitching: Left stitch is the stretch, middle is reverse lock (my mistake) & the right is the straight stitch.
I always pull the fabric a bit from behind the presser foot and in front of it. this helps to feed the fabric through nicely, no puckering-nice and flat. I know at this stage it’s so easy to hit the gas like you’re in a Porsche Panamera (not that I have one) but If you want a clean, flat seam, take your time, remove pins as you go so you don’t ruin your needles.
First front done & I couldn’t be more pleased with this seam.
Second front to go then its time to press, turn and press again. I’ve come to the end of my day, I will be picking up my youngest and clean the kitchen. I’ll prep first so I can get right down to sewing with coffee in hand early a.m.
- After sewing the facing to the two fronts I’ve pressed them before I open and turn the facing around and then I’ll press them shut.
- Let the stitches rest after pressing. Don’t move from ironing table until cool.
- Trim seam allowance down (1/4″) and clip corners’ appropriately so they open up nicely and flat. See photo’s.
- Press yet again, and let stitches rest.
- Top stitch the fronts/facings but not on top. You’ll open the facing & front part of garment, and stitch the facing to the inside of fabric seam allowance (close to the stitch line-1/8″). See the picture. This holds the facing to the inside of garment. This I would do for the collar flap, this helps a thing to stay hidden and stay put with minimal effort.
- Remember to press each stage.
- I’m not going to finish the facing raw edge because it’s so delicate and very hidden, so it’s not going to pop out.
- Take time to sharpen your scissors, acrylic and polyester are so unkind to these tools.
In the past when I’ve used cotton and made a facing for the neck line I did finish the edge mainly because cotton frays, this facing fabric I’m using wont fray.
After you’ve done all this, sew the back of neck together then flood the self-facing down with the facing you’ve added.
Ok! first mistake found-should have sewn the facing I made to the wrong side of fabric because when I fold under the fabric of the neckline it should be hidden. Here comes my seam ripper.
Lesson learned: don’t see a mistake as a bad thing but an opportunity to be better, I like to add chocolate with that!!
I’ll end this Blog and hopefully I’ll see you all sooner rather than later. I will be working on this blip this week and I aim to have corrected before the weekend, wish me luck.