A Sunday Morning Sewing Tip

Well, if you’re wondering what happened after yesterday’s dress update, I finished it!! Yay, I can make a dress in two days! My absolute favourite part is the lace-trimmed lining. It’s so much fun!

I’ll share photos from the party and of the dress in action soon. And, I’ll answer all of your questions from yesterday on why and how I did some of the things I did! In the meantime, here’s a Sunday morning sewing tip while I recover from the festivities!

I had everything I needed for this teal silk dress – everything except matching serger thread. I usually have black, grey, cream and white serger thread in my collection, I’ve only recently added red! Strangely enough, there was a lone cone of green in my serger thread box, but just one.

Here’s my tip: if you only have one cone of matching thread, use it for the upper looper! Use something similar for the other three, in my case I used medium grey and it blended in not too badly. If you don’t have any matching serger thread, take your regular spool of thread and use it in the upper looper.If you have two matching spools of thread, use them on the two loopers. Three matching spools of thread? Use them on the two loopers, and the needle that lands on the left.

Here’s how it looked when I serged my facing edges – it’s quite a dark photo but you can see the main thread is green, with two lines of grey.I hope that was somewhat helpful! Proper dress photos coming soon, as well as perhaps some related construction posts.

Hope you’re all having a great weekend so far!

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26 Responses to A Sunday Morning Sewing Tip

  1. Portia December 5, 2010 at 6:18 am #

    VERY well done you, that’s impressive sewing indeed. (I always find a McFlurry takes the edge off the post festivity wibble wobbles…)

  2. A Sewn Wardrobe December 5, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    Your finished dress is absolutely stunning!

  3. Lisa December 5, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    Stunning indeed ! I’m so pleased you managed to finish it well done.

  4. picnicfan December 5, 2010 at 7:47 am #

    So glad you managed to get your dress finished on time. I was wondering how you were getting on. Anyway, the dress is beautiful. Thank you for the tips about serger threads.

  5. Funnygrrl December 5, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    Great job! Teal is my fave colour so I really like this.
    Looking forward to the party pics.

  6. Sue December 5, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    That dress is stunning, and the serger tips are fantastic as well, thank-you :)

  7. Kathleen December 5, 2010 at 8:06 am #

    absolutely gorgeous!! What pattern did you use? Wonderful job!

  8. K-Line December 5, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    It is totally gorgeous – and your serger thread save is great info. I would have panicked :-)

  9. lap December 5, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    In school we would all have unmatched thread on the overlocked edges because most of the lab cone thread was gray or cobalt blue. Now I always love it when there’s one bright yellow thread in the overlocking, just like a contrasting hong kong finish..

    I love how your dress turned out! The bow especially makes it party special!

  10. Holly December 5, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    You’re so inspirational, Tasia! The dress is lovely and I can’t believe you finished it AND managed to blog about it all in two days!

  11. Caroline December 5, 2010 at 8:46 am #


    I like your seam-binding by serger thread tip. It took me a few years before I even had time to figure out where each thread went! But another note: If you have only one matching spool and you’re sewing two pieces of fabric together and the seam faces out, you may want to use the matching thread on the left needle, and raise the tension on that thread a little bit.

  12. Joanie December 5, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    That dress is like candy! It’s absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the pictures and I can’t wait to see it in action.

  13. Susie December 5, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    Congratulations on finishing the dress so quickly, I’m inspired!

  14. hf December 5, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    If I don’t have enough matching thread for my serger or coverstich machine, I wind some on a spare bobbin. I bought cheap plastic ones for this purpose. It works just fine.

  15. Mary December 5, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    Beautiful dress Tasia! I’m sure you we’re the belle of the ball! What I do when I only have one or two cones of serger thread is wind some thread on an empty spool or bobbin. If you use the bobbin wound thread on your needles it will go farther than on the loopers of course. You may have to do some rewinding if you are serging alot, but it doesn’t take long with a Sidewinder bobbin winder. It’s a quirk, but I’m just particular about matching thread! :)

  16. indigorchid December 5, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    Good job! That is a major pat on the back for you lady – a party dress in two days? Impressive!

  17. alice December 5, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    gorgeous! absolutely gorgeous! thanks for giving me something to aspire to!

  18. daiyami December 5, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    Beautiful dress!

  19. Gail December 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    Such a pretty dress. The colour is gorgeous and the work not compromised by the record sewing time.

  20. Karin December 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    You did it! And it looks fab!

  21. LDerriso December 5, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    Great Job!

  22. Venus de Hilo December 5, 2010 at 7:04 pm #

    I can make a dress in two days, too, no problem… but it won’t be silk, underlined, lined, faced, hemmed, sashed, perfectly fitted, GORGEOUS, or party-worthy in any way. Nor is there any chance I would also get the garment generously photographed and blogged about.
    You deserve a vacation, or some kind of award, or at the very least to have many great photos of you as belle of the ball!

  23. Clare December 6, 2010 at 12:12 am #

    Wow, it’s gorgeous and looks totally different to your other versions. Well done!

  24. Casey December 6, 2010 at 3:54 am #

    BRAVO!!! Whipping up a dress on such a tight deadline, while still not skimping too much on construction/finishing can be a challenge. But I’ve done it before (ironically with a dress in a similar color! http://www.flickr.com/photos/elegantmusings/4966830201 ) and it’s so satisfying to accomplish, isn’t it? I simply adore the overall silhouette and bow in the front–magnificent! :)

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  25. Lizzy December 6, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    Oh!!! WOW!!! you are amazing!! you finished in 2 days!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW and the fabric and color is JUST great!!
    I tryed once to sew a dress in 2 days…..it was impossible, I didn’t finished it and I ended feeling sick because I didn’t sleep enough because I was doing it, in fact I haven’t finished it yet!!!!!!!!! it was going to be for my brother’s wedding (legal ceremony) on may……….and it is still there waiting to be finished =)

  26. gwen December 6, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    That’s a very pretty dress. And made in record time, too!