Monthly Archives: July 2012

WIP: Bombshell bodice finishing details

The bodice part of my dress is complete! I hand sewed the boned lining into the dress last night, and the zipper guard and waist stay today. Here’s a pic showing all three:

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Next up: halter strap! 🙂


WIP: Bombshell Skeleton!

So I’ve officially been inducted into the ranks of Those Who Cut Their Own Boning! I must say, I am a total fan – it’s not nearly as hard as I thought (I figured out the trick ;))

My very first hand cut & tipped spiral bone:

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Then all my boning, cut & tipped:

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Instead of pre-made boning channels I sewed Prussian tape to the lining; it’s strong and creates less bulk but you have to be VERY precise ’cause it’s only 3/8″ wide and the boning is 1/4″ which only allows you 1/16″ room on each side…. needless to say, stuffing that boning in was toight lol

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And finally – the lining outside with all channels sewn & boning inserted – YAY! My hands are a little sore (not from cutting but from squeezing tips on!) but damn am I pleased with myself lol ^_^

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WIP: My first lapped zipper!

The skirt part of the dress is attached and my very first lapped zipper complete!! So cool!! 😀 I decided to hand pick it for yet another first, and am so pleased with the results!!

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Next up, boning! 🙂


WIP: Bombshell Bodice Complete!

Week two, Bombshell Dress bodice is done!

I have so much to say about this but for now I’ll just say two things:

1.) If you hate hand-sewing this is not the project for you (lol), and
2.) I always knew I was a little OCD but this project has been a real eye opener for me as to what really gives me deep satisfaction, and this type of sewing is 100% where it’s at for me. I’ll be doing a lot more of it after this 🙂

So without further ado, here’s a gratuitous shot of the insidey bits:

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and the outside:

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Next up, Week 3: The skirt & (my first!) lapped zipper!


WIP: Seam Matching Win!

Not finished the bodice yet but since I really kicked ass putting this together I wanted to share! … I was prepared for loads of swearing, unpicking, and general hair pulling, but I got these cups installed in as perfectly as possible without any undoing/redoing!! YAY!

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WIP: small post

This is what happened when I unrolled my dreamy soft cotton to iron, for the outer bodice of my Bombshell dress lol:

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My WIP: look what I made!

I’m so super proud; look what I made!! 😀

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In case you didn’t know, that’s my Bombshell Dress muslin! Yeah that’s right! Maybe it doesn’t look that exciting but believe me, this muslin represents a huge leap in my skills, because I literally had to drape/draft my own bra cup pieces in lieu of doing an FBA.

I did of course start with the original three pattern pieces that make up each cup but I had to essentially redraw two of them entirely, and one was almost twice the size – hyuk hyuk lol. It’s hard to tell from this pic cause the original piece hasn’t been trimmed to size, but check it out:

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That was week one, and I’m already into week two so I’m hoping to get a good bit done on the bodice for my next post! 🙂