Monday, January 24, 2011

Waist Stay In...Foundation Finished!

Yes, I still have to finish the bottom edge and attach everything at the top...but everything I can do before the final fitting is finished.  Woohoo!  Here are a couple photos.  The waist stay is great, really helps.  My hands don't reach the top hooks, so the top 4 or so hooks are not latched.  Even so, still a good fit.  I will need to go back and fix the trimming/catchstitching on the bust seams of the foundation to fix those puckers.  I'll do that a little later, though.


Anonymous said...

Good Morning! I'm making this same dress for my daughter with a few variations. You are doing a great job and your timeline is helpful! Although I didn't get to take the dress class I'm using Susan Khalje's book for guidance. On the foundation I only used 2 layers of cotton batiste and made the boning channels. You added another layer of lining? Does that give extra support or is it for comfort? I usually have Pride and Prejudice playing on my DVD as I sew!

IowaHoodlum said...


That's so cool! I'm glad the timeline is helpful, and I'm also excited to hear about your dress! :-) The foundation lining is purely for decoration and doesn't add additional support. I ended up using broadcloth instead of batiste for a bit more firmness in the foundation. I had wanted to go super-firm with twill, but Susan K told me that was overkill. I also sewed my boning channels between the two layers of foundation fabric like you're doing.

P&P is the perfect wedding dress sewing movie! I watched the 1940 version with Laurence Olivier and screen-written by Aldous Huxley, believe it or not, the 2005 Keira Knightley version, and the 5-hour Colin Firth version. Sigh... :-) I think I have 3 versions still to track down.. ;-)

I'm glad you have Bridal's essential, I don't know how I could have sewn my dress without it. The other books I have used quite a bit are Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire Shaeffer (there's a new version!), and the Vogue Sewing book (I have a really old version). After those, my favorites are Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide and the Art of Manipulating Fabric by Colette Wolff.

Okay, I hope you'll keep me posted!

Lelia said...

I am so ridiculously impressed; I can't even sew a hem in a straight line!

IowaHoodlum said...

Thanks, Lelia!

Straight lines are not that easy, actually.... I have done a lot of practicing. :-)

Elegant Designs by CL said...

I've just spent the last minutes reading all about your dress! You are very ambitious! Looks like it is going to be gorgeous! I use the very same books youdo - they are a godsend! Lots of great info in them. BTW - I finally got a big round basket and lined it with some soft fur scraps for my 'assistant'! Works like a dream - unless she is determined to sleep on the ironing board!

IowaHoodlum said...

Hi Candice,

Thanks so much for your comments! I am working really hard to get my dress done in time for the wedding. I don't know how you can work on so many dresses every are clearly much faster than me at sewing (in addition to having loads more experience and knowledge!).

I love reading the books, looking at the vintage couture garments (the Mexico dress in Couture Sewing Techniques was in Nashville at the Golden Age of Couture exhibit!), and especially looking at the pictures in the Manipulating Fabric book.

Aw, I bet my Luna would love a basket with scraps just like your kitty does! They'd be easy to change out whenever they get too fur covered, too. :-P I need to get some faux fur fabric, next project will be a Halloween costume for my new baby niece.