II needed sash keepers at the bodice side seams for Carly's dress. Here is how I made them. I like this method because it is so simple and it allows you to use a perfectly matching color. The sash was the red velvet so first I found a hank of matching embroidery floss. Cut a piece about 18 inches long. Get out the water soluble stabilizer, aka, Solvy.
Tear off the Solvy and don't waste it. That stuff is gold and can be used for more stabilizing at a later date. Tie off the thread ends, the regular thread that is, and dot them with a bit of Fray Block. Now thread a big eyed ole needle with one end of the floss. Run it through the front of the dress at the junction of side seam and skirt. Once you are inside the garment, knot off your floss securely. Go back outside to the right side of the garment and now thread the other end of the floss with your needle.Do the same thing, stitching through the side seam to the inside. Knot off and clip. You are done.
As far as the length of the zigzagging, the eventual thread sash keeper, I like to make the sash keeper about a half inch longer than the width of the sash. That is the length that you will zigzag in the middle of the floss. When I stitch it to the waistline, I like to make it about a half inch narrower than the sash. This gives you some ease. Some will make a larger loop that will go in and out of the same hole, making the sash keeper a big loop. You've seen this in retail. I prefer to not do it that way. I think my way keeps the sash in the correct position at the waistline, just my way.
For Lunaloo who asked what my trick was to make the sash nice with the velvet. Well, I have no trick. I found it tied nicely enough and just kind of droops in a nice way in the back because of the weight of the fabric. If I had used the taffeta, interfaced, the bow would look quite crispy and perky but I tried both fabrics and really preferred the softer look of the velvet bow.
Thanks, everyone, for the lovely comments on Carly's dress. It really was an easy one that took little time. Next in the queue are some jammies and some bags. How many days do we have left????.....Bunny