Here is a look at the finished lining for my niece's prom dress. I altered the photo considerably so the details would should up. Black is so difficult to photograph.
|The lining fabric was purchased from Metro Textiles in NYC several years ago. I asked for knit lining - it is not tricot, it is more like a crepe. It is MUCH easier to handle than tricot.|
|From the outside. The straps are covered with the fashion fabric. The dress will be attached, by machine, along the neckline edge and where the bodice meets the straps will be hand sewn with a fell stitch.|
And here is a sneak peak at the back of the gown:
|So, yeah, this is spandex. Serged spandex. Keep your fingers crossed for me, OK?|
When I was at Couture Boot Camp, a classmate was sewing a spectacular gown for her daughter's prom. I am all for sewing with fine couture techniques out of love for the craft (or should I say art?)
On the other hand, there is a time and a place for a serged spandex dress that can be thrown in the wash (this one can - I pre-washed it 3 times to get rid of that smell fabrics have sometimes).
I guess it is obvious that my niece is not obsessed with the prom. She studies acting at a high school for the arts and she has performances coming up that eclipse prom madness. And that is why I am sewing a stretch knit gown - she does not have time for a lot of fittings, so a knit is a safer bet.
You are hereby warned: You may see a post in another day entitled "Maybe you shouldn't serge spandex for a prom gown". I am still uncertain from time to time, because it has 4-way stretch and it's a little heavy and I hope I can come up with the right amount of negative ease to make it work.
If it doesn't work, I could go to a plan B will be a poly charmeuse with some lycra. In other words, a 2-way stretch woven as opposed to a 4-way stretch knit. The dress sews up so fast, there is still time. But, I remain hopeful that this will work just fine.
Interesting, eh? We shall see!