I’ve taken more classes than I can count at my favorite local fabric boutique and sewing studio, Fabric Bliss, and I was so excited when I heard they were ordering sergers! I had never used a serger before but I knew they were amazing. Turns out, they are just as wonderful as I had though they would be and I would LOVE one! hint, hint Santa!
I immediately signed up for the Jamie Christina Mission Maxi Dress class where we would get to make our dresses using their brand new sergers!
I made View A and the dress came together really easy and using the serger was SO MUCH FUN! I’m pretty sure I squealed with delight at my first seam. I think I got a little over zealous with the serger’s cutting ability though as my cut allowance apparently wasn’t enough since the dress turned out a bit too tight for my comfort level. Oops. Perhaps it will stretch out a bit?
I attached the bias tape to the arm and neck holes using the serger and left the bias tape “open” on the arm holes to add some interest. Plus, class time was pretty much over and it would require 2 less steps. 🙂 Lazy sewing at it’s best.
I then folded over the bias and top stitched the neck hole. I really struggled with my sewing machine eating my knit and then smooshing the fabric so it wasn’t catching both layers, so my top stitching was a huge mess. Class was over at this point so I figured I would fix it at home.
This past weekend I finally proceeded to unpick my horrible top stitching while watching TV and made a goal to finish this dress!
I top stitched the bias tape again and it’s a little crazy looking still, but much better than the last time. I found that lengthening my stitch seemed to help. But, when I was trimming some excess off the bias tape, I accidentally cut a hole in the front of the dress! After having quite the melodramatic moment, I decided to add a couple stitches by hand to the hole and call it good
I’ll make this dress again, but I will probably modify it a bit next time to be more billowy since I love a dress that makes me feel like I’m wearing a fashionable and socially acceptable blanket.
All images in this post are by my super sister, Laura Murray of Laura Murray Photography! Thanks Laura, you’re the best!