I got on a roll after dinner last night and sewed until ... late. Then I woke up early knowing exactly how to sew the remaining seams. I love it when I work out solutions in my sleep.
I present to you the bodice:
|photo edited to show detail on the black fabric|
Each seam was a multi-step process. I sewed it flat first using a long basting stitch on the sewing machine. Then I shirred by hand-sewing a running stitch and gathering to the correct length. Next came the application of narrow twill tape. After hand-basting the twill tape to the seam, I serged so that the twill tape was caught in the seam allowances. This has worked well to control the extreme stretchiness of the spandex.
The remaining work will be finished easily after work tonight. I will shirr the side seams and stabilize, attach the dress to the lining at the neckline edge and serge a rolled hem.
I can hand it to her after her performance tomorrow night.
The prom is not for another week or two, but I have plans this weekend so the dress had to be finished. I will get photos eventually, I promise. I am dying to see it, too. And I am pretty sure she will not style it as a straight-forward Hollywood Glam look. She is a drama major, after all.
On a side note, she moves to Manhattan in the fall where she will study acting at a very selective conservatory. It is her dream, and we are very proud of her. It takes talent, yes, but it is her tremendous effort and sacrifice that impresses me so much. Go, Maggie!
I think it is funny that I never sew late into the night for my own projects. Ha! I do love my sleep.