Added Mar 28, 2011
San Francisco, C...
That my dress is called The “Mondo was Robbed” dress dates its start exactly to October 28 of last year. If you’re unfamiliar to that reference, Mondo was a finalist in last season’s Project Runway and lost to the Chiccos-designing Gretchen. His inspiration for his final collection was Mexican circuses and the Day of the Dead and he made use of great black & white prints with bits of turquoise and pink for contrast.
For a bodice, I decided to go with Simplicity 3398. Enamoured with the result of my “Eat Local” dress, I decided to add piping to the neckline. Due to the stiffness of the piping, I had to really anchor the facings to the bodice. But since this was a solid color bodice, any stitches would be visible. I said “who cares?” and simply machine-stitched the facing down.
Well, “who cares?” turned into “I care!” and I was very unhappy with the result. Not ready to abandon this dress once again, I decided to do a blanket stitch around the neckline. When that didn’t look good, I looked online for other straight embroidery stitches and found the fabulous herringbone stitch! What began as a solution to fix something seemingly ruined, turned into my favorite detail of the dress!
Read more about this dress over at my blog, The Sew Weekly
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