The "Better Late than Never" Dress is coming along nicely. Looks like I won't be naked at Prom. Hey wait, I'm pretty sure I had a dream like that once. Scary.
I like my formal wear to have a flawless inside finish, but I am pressed for time on this project, so I will be doing some serged finishes on the silk charmeuse lining. However, I refuse to have a messy looking seams on the exterior silk chiffon fabric. Nothing is tackier than a fraying or serged seam showing through a sheer formal wear fabric. So, I took the extra bit of time required to employ some beautiful French seams.
Although I have done a tutorial in the past on how to create a French seam, I thought I would show some real live action shots of a French seam in progress. Be prepared to be dazzled:
Place fabric wrong sides together and sew a 1/4" seam. Trim the seam to an 1/8". This removes any loose fibres and cleans up the edge nicely.
Press the stitches flat to meld the thread into the fabric. Then, press the seam to one side (it is pressed upward in the picture below). Alternatively, press the seam open if the fabric allows. On this silk chiffon, pressing the seam open was tantamount to herding cats, so I took the path of least resistance and pressed to one side.
Turn the fabric so it is right sides together. Pin along the edge. Stitch a 3/8" seam. This will encase the first line of stitching, creating a strong, neat seam, in which all raw edges are encased (you can see the encased raw edge if you look closely at the picture below).
Press the seam to one side or the other (the seam is pressed downward in the picture below).
Admire your handiwork from the right side. Beautiful!