Inside the Dress

Well, the pop ups are gone. So far, no one else has seen them on my blog but I’ve been “talking” with some other wordpress users who noticed pop ups on other blogs on Tuesday as well. I still don’t know what was causing them exactly but I have reason to believe that they weren’t malicious. I feel a little silly about how much this shook me up but I hated to think about someone attacking my work and my readers. Hopefully this is the last of that!

I thought it might be fun to show a little peek at the inside of my purple dress.

A few construction details:

  • The darts in the lining were sewn as pleats. Before I decided to add the open back seam, the dress was very snug and I wanted to reduce the strain and stress on the garment.
  • You can see how I finished the center back seam with the lace trim. I also used the same lace trim for the hem of the skirt.
  • The ribbon was sewn into the lace trim seam. Unfortunately, it started to fray after the first use so I’m going to have to think of a different method.
  • I made a rookie mistake and didn’t understitch at the neckline or armhole. I just couldn’t figure out how to do it with the lining method I used but I regret it now because the lining peaks out. It’s not enough that the average person would see it but I know it’s showing.

I love seeing the insides of handmade garments! Do you? What your favorite details to peek at?

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21 Comments to “Inside the Dress”

  1. Seam finishes and hems in handmade garments are fascinating to me! Thanks for sharing yours – love the open back in the dress bodice. :)

  2. The inside of your dress is just as pretty as the outside!! :) I noticed the popups too… don’t worry, I get a little worried about that stuff too – there are just too many people out there with nothing better to do than hack things LOL

  3. I love the inside of (other people’s) handmade garments too! If only mine looked as pretty as yours does!

  4. Looks beautiful on the inside too!

  5. I love seeing the inside of garments (maybe all of us who make our own clothes do – just out of sheer curiosity?) I especially love when people use pretty lace trims and seam bindings, like you did. It’s shows such love, I think.
    Maybe try putting a bit of fray check on your ribbon? Its so pretty I’d hate to see it go!

  6. Very pretty, I like the lace trimming the opening

  7. Wow… the inside is almost as cute as the outside =D This is my weakness in sewing. I just make sure it looks good on the outside and don’t care how many raw edges are on the inside. :(

  8. Pleats in the lining are perfect! Actually this is a great way to eliminate any issues you might have with the lining being too tight and not working with your self fabric. Although, it does make under stitching absolutely necessary just to keep everything on the inside where it should be. As for the ribbon-is it a polyester ribbon? If it is, you just need a match to melt the edges and it will stop fraying.

    • That was exactly what I was thinking with the lining, Alexandra. When I first learned how to line a garment, I was told to do this but I got out of the habit when I noticed that a lot of sewing pattern directions have you sew the darts. Figured they knew something that I didn’t but now I’m not so sure :-)
      I did heat the exposed ends of the ribbon and that worked like a charm. The part that frayed though was where I had sandwiched it between the lace trim and self fabric. Ripped right out in fact. I’m actually surprised by this since there didn’t seem to be a great deal of strain on this section but who knows.

  9. I love seeing the insides, too. Sewing geeky goodness. (And it helps me get ideas! Like I just realized I don’t have to stitch the darts in the lining I’m working on.) I love the lace trim, so delicate. I remember seeing somewhere a way of sewing in a lining and being able to under-stitch both armholes and neckline. (It might have been for a lining or facing that is loose at the bottom rather than sewn-on.) I’ll have to find.

    I’m glad the pop-up thing was ok. If your site is on wp.com, most likely the pop-up someone saw was from their own computer (accidentally downloaded malware), and not your site–so it wouldn’t attack your personal site. If it came from your site, then I’d notify wordpress since it’s their host and they have control over the scripts/widgets you’re allowed to include.

    • Okay, so somehow I’ve become fairly incompetent on the computer and this is all new to me. I’m on wp.com and when I saw the pop up message (I have them blocked on firefox so I just get a little message on the screen) initially my thought was exactly that – I had accidentally downloaded malware. I scanned my computer and nothing was detected. Not knowing exactly where to go from there, I checked out the forums and found someone that was seeing the same pop up (my pop up message was saying something about public.api???). WordPress monitors were flagged on the discussion but they weren’t all that helpful. By the end of the day, everyone on that discussion who had been experiencing these pop ups reported that they were no longer there.
      What do you make of this? Any advice on what I should do? Do you still think it might be malware on my computer?

      • I don’t think it’s malware, at least not on your computer, because I saw them too, and I’m on a Mac working through a secure router, which pretty much alleviates almost all malware issues, as it’s generally PCs that are targeted. Perhaps it was an internal server issue on wordpress? IDK, not quite knowledgeable enough to say for sure ^__^

  10. Try understitching the lining by hand using a pick stitch. It’s easy and actually my preferred method to understitch. Also, I hadn’t paid attention to who else was going to the Fit Clinic. I’m excited to know you’ll be there!

  11. ack! your insides are gorgeous. you might try burning the ends of the ribbon with a flame, it’s an old ballet trick for the ribbon on pointe shoes and i bet it would work here. just be REALLY careful if you try it, hold the edge of the ribbon several inches away from the flame and slowly move it closer until the heat begins to melt it. you may not even need to get it directly in the flame.

    every time i make something, i think, THIS is the best insides i’ve ever done, i’m totally going to show proof on le blog and then i F it up somehow. :))

  12. Lovely insides! Long time sewists think this is a true sign of skill, and I agree :) Only, I wish I could get fitting down a bit better, as all the time spent on finishing is wasted if my garments don’t fit. I love peeking inside to see hems and seam allowances. And I’ve recently started pleating my lining darts, too. No stress on the delicate lining. It would be time consuming, but you could always hand understitch?

  13. The combination of textures on this dress are mouth watering.

  14. I love seeing the inside of dresses, and this one is so gorgeous!

  15. I love the lace bits. I always love having some pretty thing hidden on the inside that only I know is there!

    I think if the dress were mine (I wish!) I would use a hook and eye rather than the bow – more secure.

  16. Very pretty dress and I love the lace trim used on the inside too. Thanks for the tip on pleating lining instead of darts – that’s filed away for when I need it.

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