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Tuesdays with Gertie: A Lining with Structure… and Dragons

This year 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 through the Craftsy online community to make perfectly fitted bombshell dresses. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.

This week’s bombshell dress video lesson was all about adding spiral steel boning to the lining.  After watching the video last summer, I used the lessons to add boning to the sides and back of my Lonsdale bodice since I wanted it to be a halter and not rely on the ties for support.  Back then I’d purchased one continuous length of spiral steel boning and cut it to the lengths that I needed.  I had more than enough left over for this dress as well.

I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to know that there will be dragons hiding in my dress.  I also can’t tell you how happy I am that there are only two more weeks left in this course.  I’m so close to having a finished bombshell dress!

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20 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Gertie: A Lining with Structure… and Dragons

    1. Thanks! It screamed “Pick me!” when I was browsing through cottons that would pair with my turquoise-y blue silk that I’m using for the dress’s exterior. The color of the dragons is a perfect match!

  1. What a beautiful lining! I have also joined to this course, but now I can’t find the time to start. I’ll have to make as you and choose a day to dedicate. Seeing your progress makes me want to start now.

    1. I almost got you some as a gift the last time I was in the store where I picked this up, but I hesitated since I wasn’t sure how you’d really use it. The dragons are much too big for your cute little wallets… If you can imagine using it, let me know. I owe you a million birthday and Christmas presents!

  2. Awesome lining. Although, I don’t think I could’ve put it on the inside. No, I would’ve needed a dragons dress.

    It’s probably better you have it, though.

    Can’t wait to see the finished dress! 😀

  3. That lining is so fun!

    Out of curiosity, how did using the boning in the Lonsdale work? I have plans to make one this summer (once I can get my schedule enough under control that I can sew regularly again), and I’ve been strongly considering doing that myself–ideally, I’d like to build something more bra-like into it.

    1. The boning in the Lonsdale works great. I didn’t want to worry with the long ties, so I added bones to the side seams and just off from the zipper in the back. I posted a picture of it here. The back of the dress stays put, and I don’t notice it at all. And, the strips of Japanese cotton that I used for the channels seems to be holding up well.

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