Working with Embellished Fabrics, Part 2
It's time to finish up the embellished skirt...
In my previous post, "Working with Heavily Embellished Fabrics, Part 1," I shared how to plan and start with fabric encrusted with beads, sequins and embroidery. This post picks up after the side seams on a simple skirt are completed.
Here in Part 2, I will show you how to:
1. Stabilize the heavy fabric
2. Sew in the zipper
3. Use a facing for the hem
4. Sew and place the lining
5. Stitch the lining securely
6. Add a finishing touch
1. Now that both side seams have been machine sewn and catchstitched, it's time to stabilize the top edge of the skirt. Not only are these sorts of fabrics tricky to deal with because of the embellishments, their heaviness can be problematic as well. You want to do whatever is necessary to keep things from stretching, pulling, and becoming misshapen.
In addition to thoroughly tacking a silk organza underlining to the fashion fabric, baste a strip of silk organza selvedge (one of my favorite stabilizing tools) close to the top edge.
This is a quick way to keep the waistline from pulling out of shape--and as the silk organza is sheer and lightweight, it doesn't add any bulk.
Trim down the seam allowance (in this case, the area above the waistline) and remove the beads (just as with the side seams). Fold the seam allowance down, clip it so that it follows the contours of the skirt, and catchstitch it to the silk organza. Press the reinforced edge on a ham, to mimic the contours of the waistline.
2. Put the zipper in by hand.
Posted on Feb 15th, 2010 in garment construction, All How-To, fabric, embellishments