This week i had a request to re-create a dress for a young lady to wear to a prom next summer 2018. As we can see from the photo below the princess dress has a sweat heart bust line, fitted bodice (which is boned for shape) beaded and detailed with royal blue bias binding.
The skirt section of the dress us constructed in layers using fishing line to give it a fluttery look, stitched with blue thread and is fitted with battery operated lighting. Wowzers..... so much and detailing, There's probably around 70-100 hours of sewing to make this look beautiful.
After deconstructing the components of the dress i decided to tackle the "lettuce Hem" to give me practice in creating this kind of hem line. The lettuce hem or flutter hem as i like to refer to it is created using a light organza fabric, a rolled hem foot and 100lb memory fishing line. NB opt for memory line as this one keeps the shape once its cooled and stitched in.
The fishing line is wrapped around a plastic pipe, secured and heated in boiling water for 10 seconds like so.
This heating molds the fishing line into a circular shape which is then fed in to the rolled hem foot (using a zigzag stitch) and
So, here's my first attempt at making a flutter hem using organza fabric and fishing line and i totally love the effect and natural weight created. Its given the dress a softness and bounce which complements the embroidered detailing on the bodice. I'm looking forward to creating another dress with my new technique.