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« on: August 13, 2009 01:23:38 AM »

This is one of the many peices I've made this summer, but one of the few to get photos taken of.  I'll catch up, slowly.

Personal design.  100% sewn by hand (look mom, no machine). Fully lined in fun contrast color of teal, just to make me smile. Similar to the early 60s style in Mad Men, though I didn't start watching the show until after I made the dress (because I'm crazy).

Check out more of about this and of my other work on my blog! http://arsgratiaartis-shalyn.blogspot.com/2009/09/catching-up.html

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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2009 01:31:49 AM »

That looks great on you! Also, way to go with the hand sewing.

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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2009 03:37:42 AM »

Wow, you hand sewed that!  I doubt I can accomplish it with a sewing machine.

And now a request.  I'd love to see a close up of your stitching.  And any tips for someone wishing to hand sew something.  Besides the patient part. 

Great job.
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2009 04:19:11 AM »

wow, really great job- it looks like it was sewn by machine Shocked

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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2009 08:43:32 AM »

A zipper by hand?? wow you're awesome!

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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2009 10:54:47 AM »

You look stunning. And you did a fantastic job
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2009 04:09:20 PM »

I love the back neckline. It really makes it more than just a plain old black dress.  Very flattering.  I'm jealous of how perfectly it fits!
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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2009 08:21:03 AM »

Beautiful, it makes you look deliciously curvy!

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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2009 02:00:17 PM »

Your handsewing is amazing and the dress is very Joan.  Great work!
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2009 03:30:12 PM »

Wow, you hand sewed that!  I doubt I can accomplish it with a sewing machine.

And now a request.  I'd love to see a close up of your stitching.  And any tips for someone wishing to hand sew something.  Besides the patient part. 

Great job.

First off, thanks to everyone for the kind words.

Second, sorry for the delay in responding to this.  I realized that getting some pics of detail stitching for you on this would be too hard as it is black on black and hard to get at due to the full lining sewn in now.  So that gave me the extra push to get another one of my dresses photographed so that you could see the details.  I posted it here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=317466.0, and it has some shots of my back stitching, slip stitches, button holes, as well as some invisible hem work.

As for tips, here they are:
1- Enjoy the slow pace of it.  I'm actually a terribly impatient person, yet I seem to take up hobbies (like hand sewing and knitting) that force me to enjoy doing something slowly.  Upsides to this is that you can more easily sew while watching TV or chatting with friends.  And don't start on a hem as your first attempt at this or you will go mad.
2- Practice evening out your stitches.  That's something that has taken some work for me, as I'm not naturally gifted in the ways of estimating distances and such.  With work it does improve, though, so just keep focused for the first bit on equidistance.
3- Straight lines!  Any time I'm working on a seam that I don't have to worry about showing I will draw out my nice straight line as my guide.  Tailor's chalk or pencil is great for that; a Godsend!  If you are doing topstitching and worry a line would show, then it is more of that equidistant estimation skills to judge your distance from the edge.  But something that helps with eyeballing that is to line up your needle in a straight line with the backstitches you have already made as you make each new one.

I hope that helps.  While there are long seams and hems that sometimes have me thinking how much easier and faster that would be on a machine, I really do enjoy hand sewing.  It makes me feel so much more involved in the process and like the piece is even more of my own because of it.  I hope you have good luck in your efforts.
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