prom dress and a new tutorial

Hi again, I have managed to get quite a lot of the prom dress done since last week. I have finished the skirt and sewn it to the bodice and installed an invisable zip. I won't lie I really did struggle with this as the edge I was trying to sew the zip to was bunched up with all that gathering. After wrestling with the zip I'm now in the process of pinning the lining into the bodice.  When this is sewn up all I will need to do is the hem and then it's all done!

 
The dress inside out. The stitching line on the skirt is where the ruffle is sewn in to give the dress more flare at the bottom.

The dress inside out. The stitching line on the skirt is where the ruffle is sewn in to give the dress more flare at the bottom.

 

As I was using French seams for the organza I have made up a little tutorial on how to sew a French seam. You can click here or on the picture below to see it.

I'm a bit addicted to buying sewing books at the moment so while i'm here I have to mention a couple of books I have recently added to my collection...

fabric for fashion

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I can really recommend this book if like me you find all the different types of fabric available to buy confusing, I'm never sure what the difference is between cotton poplin, cotton lawn, cotton sateen etc. You get a sample for each type of fabric from silks to polyesters so you can feel the texture, weight and drape to help you choose what's best for your project. This book could really save you money in the long run and help you make the right choice especially if your buying fabrics online. 

the great british sewing bee

                              What can I use this for???

                              What can I use this for???

This is the latest sewing bee book and it's full of projects I cant wait to get stuck into. It comes with the patterns in a separate pack which is an improvement on the first sewing bee book which you have to print out yourself. 

This book came free with my magazine subscription and it also came with a meter of fabric (above right). I haven't thought what to do with it yet as it's quite a busy design so any ideas are welcome..

Next week I will post some pictures of the finished/nearly finished prom dress.