I added the little cheater bad to the bottom, which was a great move: I didn't lose any length, I did have to hem, and I learn a new skizz-ill! Well, I learned why I should have learned a new skill. I learned why bias tape is so important and why homemade bias-not-bias tape is close, but not as good.
But backing up a little bit...You may remember why I had to add this little cheater band in the first place, some unintended shortening of the dress skirt. To compensate for this, I bought extra sash fabric and made a little band to go along the bottom of the dress:
I decided rather than just adding a panel of this fabric to the bottom of the dress, I'd make some homemade bias-not-bias tape to wrap up the loose hem edges. I liked this idea because it would give the dress a nicer, cleaner finish.
My bias-not-bias tape was about two inches wide and all the raw edges were very thoroughly pressed under so I could just zip around the dress with the hot little contrasting thread and be done with it.
|View of Bias-not-bias Tape|
And voila! The sewing took, like, two minutes. The dress was all done, and I thought I was a certifiable genius with my clever cover up for my cutting mistakes. Then I tried the dress on AND....the hem was warpy:
Turns out bias tape is cut on a bias for a reason. And I quote:
Bias tape will "bend" to a curved edge that a straight grain strip will not curve to without kinks and warping. (from a great little article at about.com)
D'oh! So, you live and learn. I'm not too worried about it. It did a great job of hiding the super ravelly raw edge (a problem I have my sights set on after washing the Fourth Dress, see below), and the whole dress is a little misshapen anyway. (We'll talk more about why that is and the fabric choice in the Report Card Post.)
|Damn you, lack of serger!!!|