|Crab pickin' sure is messy!|
For the memorial service, I wore a dress made from Burda Style magazine March 2013.
|Trim accented seams and darts|
|Fabric front and back|
The dress is called the Ribbon Dress on the BurdaStyle website. For the trim, the magazine instructions recommend petersham, which is very different than ribbon. Petersham is woven ribbon, but has some unique characteristics that are important for this design. It is almost always made of rayon, cotton or a mix of the two natural fibers, and with a weave that allows it to be shaped around curves. Most ribbons, and petersham’s look alike cousin - grosgrain ribbon, are made of poly and cannot be shaped around a curve without gathering. Petersham is not available at my local fabric stores. If I had had more time, I would have purchased some from Etsy.com where there is a large variety of colors and widths. Instead I had to look for alternate trims that had a flexible weave. Bias strips to the rescue. A package of Wrights 1 inch double fold quilt binding, cut in half and the cut edge folded in, it created a 5/8” flexible trim.
My handy, dandy edge stitch foot (also called joining or stitch in a ditch), with the needle position set to 1/8” from the flange that rides along the edge of the trim, made sewing the trim to the dress a breeze.
|sewing trim with edge stitch foot|