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Tuesdays with Gertie: Beneath a Beautiful Bombshell Bodice

March 6, 2012

This summer I’m sewing along with Gertie from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing.  A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up to make perfectly fitted bombshell dresses using Gertie’s Sew Retro Perfect Bombshell Dresses class. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.

Look at those seam allowances. They’re monsters. But, it’s worth it, right? All for the sake of couture?

This week Gertie’s Sew Retro Perfect Bombshell Dresses class’s lesson focused on stabilizing the cups in the dress bodice. We spent most of our time hand sewing and needed to use quite a few different stitches: running stitches, uneven basting stitches, catch stitches, fell stitches, and more catch stitches. We moved beyond fabric and thread and used twill tape, selvedges, and needle punch (or cotton batting in my case) for structure. I have to say I learned quite a lot in this lesson, and I think the dress will really benefit from it, even though you can’t tell much of anything was done when you just glance at the front of the bodice.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2012 9:21 am

    Wow, sounds intense! I had heard of Gertie’s class, and that everyone learned tons from it, and now I know why! Can’t wait to see your finished dress.

  2. March 6, 2012 7:01 pm

    I saw how it looks on the inside says a lot about the seamstress that made it. :)

    I love watching this dress come together.

  3. March 10, 2012 4:27 pm

    Wow, this is really shaping up! Can’t wait to see more!

  4. March 11, 2012 11:03 pm

    Wow, indeed there is a lot going on in there! It’s like molding ;). I love seeing the insides.


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