Urge to Serge Dress

What Would Julia Do? Dress
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After a long, long, loooooong week, all I wanted to do was check out some art on Main Street at First Thursdays on Main!  But what would I wear for this hot & humid evening?

 

This.  I shall wear this.
This. I shall wear this.

 

The fit is lousy, and I hate those stupid side-tie thingies!  Time to take this dress from dowdy to darling!

First, I lopped off those stupid side ties!

 

Snip!
Snip!

 

Then, I stitched the two ends together.

 

Like this!
Like this!

 

I snipped off that extra little bit of fabric and put my new tie-thingy aside.

Usually I don’t chop off any length until I’ve taken my piece in, but in this case, I just didn’t feel like stitching down the side slits on this dress.  Sooooo…I just cut off that part.

 

Slits!
Slits!

 

Later!
See ya, slits!

 

 

Now for the dress!  I decided to take it in exactly 1″ on each side.  First I pinned…

 

Pin!
Pin!

 

…and THEN I whipped out THIS AWESOME THING!!!!!

 

WOWZA!
WOWZA!

 

You’re looking at The Dreamstitcher, and my first serger!  As it’s tagline proudly proclaims, “IT’S A DREAM!  IT’S A STITCHER!  IT’S THE DREAMSTITCHER!”

 

Life is but a dream!
Life is but a dream!

 

So what does this crazy thing do, you ask?  Let me show ya!

 

THIS!!!
THIS!!!

 

This amazing machine actually cuts the fabric while locking that raw edge so it won’t fray!  No more pinking shears for me!

I look forward to giving you a full review of this machine after I use it a good bit more.

The last thing I needed to do to complete this refashion was give it a new hem!  Back to my regular machine I went!

 

Easy.
Easy.

 

After a quick press, my new dress was done!  I tied my sewn-together ties around my waist, had hopped down to Main Street!

 

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It matches my shoes perfectly!

 

There was much cool art to see!

 

The featured exhibit at Tapp's Art Center!
The featured exhibit at Tapp’s Art Center!

 

Crrrrreeeepy!
Crrrrreeeepy!

 

And this one will haunt my dreams!
And this one will haunt my dreams!

 

Post-art crawl drinks at Bourbon!
Post-art crawl drinks at Bourbon!

 

Cheers!

 

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29 thoughts on “Urge to Serge Dress

  1. Wait till you see what you can do with Wolly Nylon thread an your serger (Actually I don’t think they call it Wolly Nylon any more).
    Dress turned out very cute, as usual!

  2. I used a serger for the first time a few weeks ago and am IN LOVE with it!! My fabulous local sewing shop let us rent them, and I plan on maying good use of it!!!

  3. Sergers are great! tighten your lower looper a bit so it doesn’t show on the top of the fabric. if you look on the right side of your dress, you shouldn’t see any ‘bars” of thread.

  4. Looks great. I love the print on that dress. :) My serger is my sewing best friend. I use it for a lot more things than I thought I would.

    Just an FYI: Looking at the close ups of the stitching, you need to adjust the thread tension. Try changing the tension on the lower looper from 4 to 5.

  5. In case you haven’t found it in your serger instructions, there is a way to serge a rolled hem. :)

    The dress turned out fabulously!

  6. You finally got a serger! I’m only a baby sewer, but I inherited a serger and love it. Glad you finally got one! I’ve been waiting for you to discover the awesomeness that is the server.

  7. You are such an inspiration and that dress is adorable! I love my serger so much that after 20 years of an old, simple workhorse I upgraded to a fancy one. I listed my original (now vintage!) one on Craigslist but when it came down to it I just couldn’t part with it after seeing how cute they looked in everyone’s descriptions of “vintage serger for sale”. I backed out of the deal! Tsk tsk. But I did research the same, updated brand new version for the people for only $20 more. Now I keep my old one threaded w/black or white for clothes & my new one w/multi-colors for dog blankets I donate to rescue. :)

  8. Love all of your refashions and those of your followers. I’ve recently lost weight and you have inspired me to alter some of my clothes. I sewed years ago and have wanted to get back into it. I purchased a dress form and am presently having a blast!!! It’s nice to be able to wear a belt, since once again, I can identify my waist.

    Thanks for your inspiration!!!!!

  9. just want to let you know it looks like your tensions are off. what I can tell from the picture the problem is in the loopers. check with your manual to adjust. I worked with sergers for almost 40 years. the tensions can seam scary but once you know how to adjust them it isn’t bad.

  10. I am so happy for you!!!!! I watch Project Runway every year and just googly eye gaze at those sergers like they are foreign objects. I can’t wait to experience this new you are now enjoying. Thanks for all of the inspirations!

  11. I don’t even have a sewing machine yet but I’ve heard senior seamstress talk about how they LOVE their sergers! I love the dress!

  12. Hello..I´m from Tenerife, Spain. Many thanks because I´ve got a dress so similar and I need this tuto like water…jajaja. You´re really amazing.. Thanks for all…!!!

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