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Silk Satin Sewing Tips and Pix of the Back w/o Bow

Here’s the back view without the gigantic bow. I immensely thank those who have left feedback re The Big Butt Bow…it’s gone! I refuse to wear undergarment body armor so what you see is what they’ll get see! I do so wish HusPartner would be my escort but he’s going to be out of town, I’m flying solo, but I’ve wowed him before he’s left (snicker)



    1. Use taunt sewing, pulling the fabric taunt with your hands before and after the feed dogs

    2. Use size 10 needle and the thinnest thread you can find

    3. I serged the cut edges because I didn’t have time to bind them

    4. Don’t press hard from the front side, the edges of cut fabric will show through, press only the seam

    5. Press the seam to one side and then the other before opening the seam allowance and pressing with a thick paper under the seam allowance.

    6. Handle as little as possible. Silk satin fatigues, showing a fuzzy effect after much handling: I couldn’t avoid this as I had no one to help with fitting.

Now to see if I can get a tiny hem and even sleeves marked and tack down the neck edge facings to the seam allowances and put tiny snaps on the bra in order to give the neckline just a bit more support.


About Mary Beth

I am fascinated by changing patterns and colored threads. I sew garments and am teaching myself to machine knit. Since selling the building that housed my workrooms, The Stitchery, I'm searching for a place to set up the knitting machines again. There must be room here somewhere!

12 responses »

  1. I love it! The burnout in the godet is very classy indeed … the bow would have overpowered that detail. The husband will just have to take you out to another function to dance with you, right?

  2. Can I ask why I need to press the seam to one
    side then the other before pressing the seam
    open? Or did you mean press flat seam on both
    Our dresses are similar, with the sweetheart
    necklines. Thanks for the tips, too!

  3. Sure, MaryT, you press to one side and then to the other to create a sharper seam join and to lock the stitches into each other, it’s also called “marrying” the stitches. It creates a more professional, sharp seamline.

  4. Lovely! I’d have to agree – the butt bow would have made it look a bit too retro 80’s. I love the contrast godet just as it is. Let us see the front!!!!

  5. Summerset, thanks for adding your comment! The votes are overwhelmingly against! A pix of the front is third one, at the bottom of the “Almost Finished” entry posted yesterday,

  6. I like the contrast godet. Although I didn’t see the bow situation I might have to agree with removing it. Looks great to me like t his! I’ll remove the reg. req and see if the baddies are still out there doing their annoying marketing posts. We’ll see 🙂

  7. Your dress is so nice. Love it.

    I press my seams flat before pressing open, but I’ve never
    heard of pressing them both seam allowances to
    the left, both to the right, and then press
    open. Is that what you do? I would think that
    would fatigue the satin also.

  8. It looks great without the bow – you will be the belle of the ball!

  9. No, Patsijean, the fatigue has come from taking it on and off multiple times. Try doing this type of pressing on your next garment and see if you can see a difference. It’s a couture technique that produces a perfect seam the first time. 🙂

  10. It’s just stunning, MB. I love it on you and think that the neckline is definitely a winner. Have a wonderful time at the ball.

  11. What a beautiful gown. Gorgeous fit. Most excellent job.

  12. Beautiful dress. I agree about the bow. Now you can see the contrast of the godet and it shines all by itself. Have fun at the ball, you will be the Cinderella of the ball. Prince Charming may regret letting you go alone,. Tell all those other guys you are taken!


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