Adventures in sewing: Irregular seams

Over the past year or so, I’ve been posting my adventures in sewing — posts that are admittedly irregular — and mostly consist of rehemming dresses and taking up dress straps. Last week, I had a couple of days off work due to inclement weather — a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and ice — so I made progress on a couple of those small sewing projects that always seem to stack up.

First up was taking out an irregular back seam on a striped skirt I found last spring, which you can see in this post about the biggest clothing swap in the Pacific Northwest. The print kind of reminds me of something Vivienne Westwood would do, but it had this very odd, straight half-seam across the back of the skirt. Doesn’t it look like a halfhearted attempt at rolling up an awning?

Librarian for Life + Style | Adventures in sewing: Irregular seams

Librarian for Life + Style | Adventures in sewing: Irregular seams

The solution was pretty simple — all it required was a seam ripper — but it took awhile to pick out the seam. And lo and behold, I discovered a hi-lo hem on the skirt, as seen below in the “after” shot. Perhaps the person who had this skirt previously thought that would be an easy way to straighten the hem? Regardless, I’m thinking it would pair well with my new pair of Clarks wedges that I bought earlier this fall.

Librarian for Life + Style | Adventures in sewing: Irregular seams

For the next project, I had to do some actual sewing.

As covered in last month’s budgeting bloggers post, I got this simple black dress on sale from eShakti. However — YET AGAIN — the shoulder straps were too long. This has now happened FOUR TIMES on eShakti dresses, including dresses that I’ve ordered custom-sized as well as ready-made. (This is not an issue that I have ever really had to deal with before, so these consistently too-long shoulder straps baffle me.) I have communicated to eShakti the suggestion of adding another custom measurement, the length from the shoulder to the waist. The overall quality of eShakti dresses is consistently high, and I’m thankful that I am able to tailor these dresses to fit me better. But I have to admit, this issue is annoying enough for me to question whether or not to continue purchasing eShakti dresses.

Here’s the evidence of how much extra fabric there was on my new black dress from eShakti:

Librarian for Life + Style | Adventures in sewing: Black dress straps, before

I’ve described in detail how to shorten shoulder straps in this prior post, so I will sum up the process here. I measure how much I need to shorten (almost always an inch with eShakti dresses), then sew a straight seam across, then a zig-zag stitch above that to make sure the fabric doesn’t unravel.

Librarian for Life + Style | Adventures in sewing: Black dress straps

The final steps are to cut off the excess fabric, hand-sew the edges down for a smoother finish, and reattach the bra strap holders, as seen below. I then ironed the finished straps to flatten everything out.

Librarian for Life + Style | Adventures in sewing: Black dress straps, after

The length of the black dress is midi, a couple of inches below my knees. I might hem the dress in the future — something I did eventually with this red-and-navy floral eShakti dress — but for now, I’m going to try out the midi length.

Happy Friday!

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6 thoughts on “Adventures in sewing: Irregular seams

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Darn, I was trying to make it as uncomplicated as possible! But thank you for the compliment — taking sewing and home ec in school (it was a requirement in both my junior high and high school) is definitely still paying off as an adult!

      Shortening shoulder seams doesn’t really take that long — the hardest part is to figure out the structure of the garment you’re working with. It’s like a logic problem, to “unbuild” something and then build it back up again.

  1. Erin @ Loop Looks

    That’s so interesting that you have that problem because the one dress I ordered from eShakti I felt that it was a tad short in the torso. And I already have a short torso!! But, yes, I definitely agree that they need to add that measurement.

  2. Pingback: Sewing adventures: Tailoring two new eShakti items | Librarian for Life and Style

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