Live Session (June 15th, 2024)

Constructing the Freya Twist Dress: Starting the Sewing Process

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In this week’s session, I went over the complex construction steps for the Freya twist dress we’ve been working on. I explained the challenging front twist detail, discussed fabric and lining considerations, and demonstrated how to prepare and clean finish some key pattern pieces. The session focused on mentally preparing for the intricate construction process ahead.

Demonstration Steps:

  1. Reviewed the pattern pieces and their placement, especially the complex front twist area
  2. Showed how to clean finish raw edges on the twist detail using bias binding
  3. Demonstrated gathering techniques for the front twist using hand basting
  4. Explained lining considerations and attachment methods
  5. Discussed potential fitting adjustments, like adding more room in the back skirt

Questions & Answers:

  • Q: How do I prevent the rolled hem from rolling up?
  • A: You can add a strip to thicken the area or use a cover stitch if available. The rolling is likely due to tightness in the fabric.

  • Q: Should I use blanket stitch or bias binding to finish the raw edges?
  • A: I decided to try using bias binding first, machine stitching it close to the edge. Blanket stitch by hand is also a beautiful option if you prefer.

This session was about preparing for the intricate construction of the Freya dress. I’m a bit nervous to start sewing such a complex design, but I’m excited to see how it turns out. Next week, we’ll dive into actually constructing the dress step-by-step.