Saturday, March 18, 2017

68 days.....

 I started my mother of the groom dress.  I did go look for a ready made dress.  Frumpy, that's all I could see.  I am not a dress up type of girl.  I don't like a lot of sequins, or fancy fabrics.  Give me cotton, I am happy.  Last summer I took a road trip to Colchester Fabric Mill in Colchester CT.  Quilting fabrics galore, but also garment fabrics.  I found this very pretty yellow fabric.  It has some texture to it, I"m not sure what it is made of, I just know that I liked it.  I bought 3 yards.  Buyers remorse when I got home, and they sent me the rest of the bolt... 3 1/2 more yards.
My dress is plain, just a simple sleeveless dress.  I had to fancy it up a bit,  I toyed with embroidery, but then I found some pretty lace in my stash,  I lined up the lace with the center fold down the middle of the front of the dress.  I used a very narrow zig zag stitch to stitch it down.  Then what?

I decided to do some decorative stitching.  On the back of the dress, I marked 2 lines, 2 inches from the center.  I needed a way to transfer those lines to the front.  I used the basting feature on my BERNINA, but you could also just use a long straight stitch.  I was afraid to mark the front of my dress with any marking pens or pencils, so this was a way to give me a line for my stitches.  I used foot 34D, with a layer of Stitch and Tear underneath the stitching... this is a scallop satin stitch.  

When it was time to sew the other side, I mirror imaged the stitch, and off I went.  Slow and steady, this is not a hurry up get it done project, ( not yet anyway).

 This is what I have so far.  should I stop or keep going.   I've taken some of the scraps from the dress and have tried different stitches. Nothing really shows.  The fabric has a texture to it, so the cross stitches that I love kind of sink in.  I could do more satin stitches, or my other idea is a ribbon.  
Stopping for now.  
The back of the dress is done... I put in my invisible zipper....
Thank you to the person who invented BERNINA Foot 35, this zipper went in like a dream.
Sometimes I wonder if I have too many presser feet.  Then I work on projects like this, it's wonderful to have the foot you need to make your project turn out beautifully.  Our BERNINA machines have a foot or attachment for so many types of sewing.  
If you don't have this book yet, it is a must have for every BERNINA owner, it has detailed information about all the feet and accessories that BERNINA makes.  Beautiful color pictures and easy to follow directions on how to use the feet.  
Happy Sewing!  

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