For the wavy edge dress I took the basic block, made a copy on some more horrible dirty-pink cotton and modified it slightly. I brought the shoulders in a bit and made the neckline more open. I pinned it to my fabric and took an extra wide seam allowance – I wanted to thread-baste it as I’ve been reading about in Couture Sewing Techniques. Thread basting took a while, I think it was worth it as I wanted this dress to be perfect and certainly ironing seams flat was much easier with such a wide seam!

Here you can see the little arrows I stitched for lining up!…all the pieces thread basted and overlocked, with the necks and sleeves with no seam allowance. I extended the line between waist and hips by 12 inches with a wide seam alowance also for the skirt.Here was the ‘experiment’ piece for machine stitched ribbon (did NOT look neat enough) and the original bottom wavy edge idea. I planned to overlock a more frequent wave then hand sew the fringed wool on. It looked great but I thought I’d better put it in the washer and dryer to see how it stood up. The result was ‘surprisingly well’ but there was no longer a ‘good side’ and the fringed wool didn’t sit as straight any more ๐Ÿ™so…hand attached ribbon edging, machine seams, a side zip, overlocked gentle petal wave bottom edge then hand stitched rolled hem later….. oh, and some fabulous red satin heels ๐Ÿ˜‰


I love it, I’m wearing it right now!

Kim Debling is a Hampshire, UK based designer and Director of her own company Kestrel Design Ltd. She is mum to Rose and Harvey and wife to her best friend Steve. ย She’s fighting off Stage 4 Lymphoma and sharing her story along the way, mainly via YouTube. Kim is passionate about being happy, mental wellbeing and in particular art and creative pursuits as therapy during tough times. She teaches online at Udemy, has published books and has art and printables available for sale.

Wavy Edge Dress was last modified: April 30th, 2015 by Kim Debling