Bellville Sassoon’s Lacing Technique – Part 1

Sassoon's Rattail Looping
Sassoon’s Rattail Looping

Belleville Sassoon has developed many methods of adding trim to formal garments.

This series will discuss the easy technique for adding lacing to a formal gown.

In this example, the bride purchased the gown months before the wedding, then gained weight.  Since she could not return it, we opted to add lacing to cover the 6 inch gap at the back.

The gown must have a center back seam.  If it does not, you will have to create one by slitting the garment.  A zipper placket is a perfect place to add lacing.   If you have a zipper in the center back, remove it completely.

 

 

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How to Lower a Skirt Slit – The easy way – Part 6 (Final)

Check for holes
Check for holes

Open the skirt flat and check the slit for any missed sections.  These will have to be resewn.

Shorten the Zigzag
Shorten the Zigzag

Reset the machine to a shorter Zigzag stitch and return the skirt to the machine as in step 4.

Resew the slit as needed.  Remove the skirt from the machine and trim the threads.

Recheck the slit
Recheck the slit

Open the slit flat to check for any missed areas.  Repeat the steps as necessary.

 

How to Lower a Skirt Slit – The easy way – Part 5

Set the machine to a narrow bar tack
Set the machine to a narrow bar tack

Set the machine to a narrow Bar Tack, the same width as the ZigZag stitch.  Bar Tack in with one side of the stitch in the fabric and one side off of the edge of the fabric.  Make sure the Bar Tack is secure.  Remove the skirt from the machine and trim the threads.

 

How to Lower a Skirt Slit – The easy way – Part 1

Mark the bottom of the slit
Mark the bottom of the slit

You are self-conscious.  You think people are staring at you.  You are afraid to bend over, afraid someone will see Paris, France.  And they just might.  With today’s fashions, anyone with a large derriere is likely to show all if they have a slit.

So, pin the slit where you think it should close, and try the skirt on.  (If you are working alone, use a safety pin.)  Bend over in front of a full length mirror and look at your behind from between your legs.  Are you hiding what shouldn’t be seen?  If not, repin and try again.

Now, walk around.  Can you move without tripping?  Is the skirt too narrow?  If it is, another alteration may be the only option:  adding a pleat.  Or, think about Goodwill.

Tomorrow we will begin closing the slit.