Well, I guess I am not as good at blogging as I had hoped because there’s been a lot of dressmaking going on since I last posted.  One of my main tasks has been adding stay-tape to select seams and edges of the dress.

This dress is being made with slightly stretchy fabric, but I don’t want it to stretch everywhere.  I want to make sure that certain key parts of the garment ‘stay’ put and don’t get stretched out (neckline edges, the seam holding the weight of the ‘bustle’ etc…)  So in places where I want the stitch to remain stable, I cut off some of the long selvages from the scraps of leftover fabric and hand sew them into the seams or edges, before taking it to the machine.  The photo shows the center back pieces of the bodice, as I am sewing ‘stay’ tape on the inside of the garment where the buttons will go.

The waist seam which will hold the weight of the bustle is also taped, and the button loops are stitched in by hand as well.

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Hi there! I'm Brooks Ann.

I’m an independent designer and couture dressmaker for one-of-a-kind bridalwear located in Hillsborough, North Carolina. I also teach the sew-curious both in-person and online.

My blog follows along with the couture process of how each heirloom-quality custom wedding dress is made from idea to wedding day, as well as other interesting tidbits related to sewing, weddings, and body positivity.

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