Monday 31 October 2016

How To: Tassel & Mini Pom Pom Detail LWD

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Pinterest made me do it. Do you guys know how hard nice tassel trimming is to find?? Dubai is great for certain types of fabric and the basics like zippers & buttons, but finding something unique (and of really high quality) is a mission. I was just about to make my own tassel trim from scratch when I finally found some on a trip to Dublin (=risk of project failure significantly reduced).

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Fabric + lining (I used 100% cotton and a polycotton for the lining) X m  |  Scissors  |  Fabric marker  |  Pins  |  Thread & Sewing machine  |  Tassel trim  |  Mini pom pom trim or other type of trim for neckline and sleeves

I. First I cut my pieces. Two back + two front pieces, 1 from lining and 1 from main fabric, and the sleeves I made without lining just from the main fabric. Measurements were pretty much the same as with this dress.
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II. Then took the front pieces of lining and main fabric and cut a V neck.
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III. Shoulder seams next - pinned the lining back and front pieces and those of the main fabric together at shoulders, right sides facing..
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.. Sewed together, finished with zig-zag, pressed towards the back piece.
photo 4 Shoulder seams done_zpsh2tce6jr.jpg
IV. Then took my mini pom pom ribbon and pinned it around the V neck, on the right side, just over 1 cm from the edge..
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.. And sewed it in place, clipping the bottom of the V up until the stitch.
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V. Then pinned the lining onto the main fabric along the neckine, right side of lining facing the right side of the main fabric (so the ribbon was left in between).
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Then sewed around, cut off excess to about a 0.5 cm seam allowance, finished with zig-zag, and again notched the bottom of the V to get rid of tension.
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VI. Next pulled the lining through to the other side, and understitched the lining onto the seam allowance around the neckline..
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.. Finally pressing with the lining in its place. Neckline done!
photo 10 Neckline done_zpshqtuxknk.jpg
VII. Next I matched the arm holes of the lining and the main fabric and pinned together, zig-zagging along the arm hole to attach..
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.. And then pinned the sleeve in its place, right side facing right side of the dress, and sewed sleeves in place.
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After pressing the seam allowance towards the body of the dress, I top-stitched the sleeve seam on the right side.
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VIII. Last bit to pull the dress together - I first pinned the underseam of the sleeve and the sides of the main fabric together and sewed those seams, then repeated with the side seams of the lining.
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IX. Then it was just a matter of hemming the dress (I did a double fold) and the sleeves, and adding the tassel trim to the hem:
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When done it looked like this (I aaaalmost got it to go straight..)
photo 16 Hem done_zpsb6bnshng.jpg
.. And adding the same pom pom trim I used for the neckline, to the sleeves (after doing a double fold there as well).
photo 17 Sleeve done_zpsypojx31w.jpg
That's it!
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