5.14.2014

Piped Scallop Hem Tutorial and eShakti Review

I had a really special Mother's Day this year. I was spoiled by my husband, I got to snuggle my two beautiful children, and I got to spend time with both my mom and my mother-in-law because Claire was blessed in our church. I also got to wear a new and beautiful dress from eShakti. I chose the Cranes in Reeds Embellished Dress. I chose it because it has a button down front for nursing access. The black and ivory also look very sophisticated for nice occasions. 
Besides Mother's Day I also wore this dress to an end of the year law school dinner at La Caille which is fancy-fancy and one of the most expensive restaurants in Utah. It was an extremely discounted price, but I totally felt dressed up enough wearing this dress. I really tried to get pictures, but it was pouring rain when we went! These are my honest thoughts on eShakti:
Pros
  • It's made with your custom measurements. I chose to not do my measurements because I'm still adjusting after having Claire. I chose to go with the size I will most closely return to.
  • Besides custom measurements, you can also customize the dress. I decided to omit the embroidery (red isn't my color), lengthen the hem, and add pockets. How cool is that?!
  • The dress was made and shipped surprisingly fast.
  • It's high quality fabric and construction. I'm very impressed with the overall quality of this dress. I can tell that this dress will last me a long time.
Cons
  • The dresses are expensive, but a fair price for customization and the quality. (I would actually purchase a dress from them in the future if I needed a nice cocktail dress.)
  • The fabric wrinkles easily. (I hate ironing.)
  • The zipper is hard for me to zip up because of all the fabric and seams, but my husband is always able to zip it.
Because I always have to make something my own, I changed the hemline. It was boring without the embroidery so I added a scallop hem with blacking piping. It gives it the perfect finished look.
Supplies:
Piping (purchased or homemade)
Sewing Supplies
Bowl
Dress or Skirt
Strip of fabric

1. Gather supplies. Choose a bowl that has the right size curve.
2. Use the bowl and a marking tool to draw scallops all the way around the hem.
3. Pin and sew the piping onto the hem with seam allowance pointing down.
4. Sew a strip of fabric over the piping sewing on the same stitching line.
5. Trim, clip, and notch the seam allowance.
6. Turn right side out and press. Topstitch just above the piping to hold the hem allowance inside.
It was great to wear this dress on Mother's Day and for Claire's blessing. And Claire got to wear the dress that I was blessed in! It's an absolutely gorgeous dress. If you can't tell, it was freezing on Sunday, so we did quick outdoor pictures.
I found some pictures of me wearing the dress when I was just one month old. My mom was in the hospital a lot with me so my aunts hung the dress up above her hospital bed. How cute are my parents and two older brothers?
Here's Claire in the vintage dress. It fit her perfectly and is just so special. Claire actually had hair to clip back (unlike me!).
Heather

2 comments:

  1. How sweet that she was able to wear your dress!!
    I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this afternoon that links your scalloped hem tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-piped-scalloped-hem/2014/05/14/
    --Anne

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  2. Claire looks so beautiful with the dress. Your dress looks so pretty and fancy too. I love the scalloped hem. Thanks for sharing the how to. =D

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