Before I made these, I lengthened the front bodice by about 2″ and shortened the back bodice by about 1″. On previous versions, I’d already raised the armholes by 1″ and the front neckline by 1.25″, in addition to sewing 0.25″ seams to give myself extra width at the bust and hip. The idea was that these two dresses would have all the adjustments necessary such that they’d fit perfectly.
Sporty Blue is the older twin, by twenty days. I got her shortly after I bought my serger (which my father finally named for me, yay), and SB is the first thing I made on it. I was too afraid to use the knife, so my results were kinda meh from a finishing perspective. From a construction perspective, I (not the machine) had some feeding issues and ended up with slightly jagged seam starts/ends. It wasn’t the end of the world, but there’s a reason I don’t have an ‘innards shot’ for you all.
I had a ton of fun dying the FOE to bind Sporty Blue’s neckline and armholes, and as usual it sewed on like a dream. I think I got exactly the color I had in my mind as the perfect blue for this dress…on the first try, no less! This is probably because most of the dying I’ve done is with blue colors, which familiarity makes them easier to work with. I used RIT power dye in Royal Blue.
So, the dress is done, right? Wrong. I wanted to do a lettuce hem on my serger, but that meant changing up the threading, in addition to buying serger thread in the right color. I simply didn’t have the heart to attempt the task. I put the serger cover on the machine and put this dress in my WIP pile.
Eventually, I decided it must be finished. By this point, I’d broken the thread on the serger and had zero desire to deal with it further. So I went into my stash and pulled out some black FOE and bound the raw hem edge. I was pleased with the slightly lettuced effect, loved the contrast of the black hem against the dress, and finally had a finished dress. Whew!