Little Black Dress | The Style Pile Episode #1


There is a box, in the corner of my sewing
room. It is a box whose contents have not seen the
light of day for many a month. Many crafters will be familiar with this box,
in all of its forms: There’s the ever-growing amorphous lump
that lies underneath your desk… The monster underneath your bed…
The stuff you vacuum-packed in a fit of organization and stuffed into your garage in the hopes
that you’d never have to deal with it again… This, my friends, is the UNFINISHED SEWING
PILE. Hi! So I’m starting this new series on my
channel. I have this box here, sitting in the my bottom of craft room, that’s filled
with half-finished projects and a bunch of thrifted clothes that I bought… some…
years ago, that I had all the intentions of fixing and upcycling and making cuter, but
then kind of just threw them in here and forgot about them and have been ignoring them for
a long time. But, as you can see – it’s turning into a little bit of a problem.
So, in each episode of this new series I’m going to be taking one item out of this box
and finally fixing it, until the box is empty. This series is mostly going to be focused
on simple fixes, so the videos are going to be quite short little episodes, but hopefully
they will teach you some more simple sewing techniques and cover a lot of the basics,
and at the same time help you to make your clothes… cuter! Anyway, I’m really excited
about this new series and I hope that you enjoy it too.
Alright, let’s get started on the first project! So this is the first item that I pulled out
of the box. Now, I’m sure that some people would be able to pull off a dress like this
with a big ring right in the centre, but I am not one of them. It’s… definitely not
my style. So, first thing that I did was to get a small,
sharp pair of scissors and carefully cut the ring out.
Then, I also cut off the loops that held the ring in place. Now, I’m going to sew the remaining bits back together, like this.
I thread a regular sewing needle with some black thread to match the colour of the dress.
To do this, I push the thread through the needle’s eye, pull it through, double the
thread over and tie a knot in the end. This, in my opinion, is the easiest way to hand
sew because you don’t run the risk of losing the thread’s tail!
Then, I push the needle up through the back of one side, and then down through the front
of the other side. Then I repeat this, literally about 50 times, to secure the two pieces to
eachother very firmly. Then, with the thread on the inside of the dress, I tie a knot in
it and I cut off the excess. When I’m done, it looks like this. And you
can’t notice the threads at all unless your face is inappropriately close to my boobs,
so… success! I really like how this turned out, and now I have the cutest little black
dress, with an interesting cutout feature, to wear out at night. And a super BIG thanks to Julia Elms for doing
the amazing artwork in the opening title – didn’t it look amazing??

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