My 4-H Project Sewn on My bernette 38


In the summer of 2018, I created a dress that I entered in my county fair as a 4-H project. This would be my last sewing project in 4-H since I was now 18. I had this dress idea in my mind for quite some time and finally wanted to make it a reality. For great designs, I always dwell on the design idea for a while. Then I search for the perfect fabric and make the dress happen.

My design idea for this dress was to create a ballgown, off the shoulder top with a huge, voluminous skirt. I choose a dark burgundy colored fabric. The fabric was thicker and heavier polyester. For the skirt, I wanted big pleats to create these voluminous waves in the skirt. I was inspired by Zac Posen with his design using this skirt pleat method.

The problem was I had no idea how to create these giant voluminous pleats. I tried many types of interfacing to create the fabric to stand by its own but had no success. I went to the lengths of constructing an undergarment I created with plastic chicken wire. That worked in a sense but I could hardly walk in it at all. I used it on the day of judging day for the garment but it was very, very uncomfortable.

The dress itself turned out beautiful but to this day I am not satisfied and am going to create a new undergarment for it. I want to use neoprene and try to use that to create the pleated waves I was going for in my design.

My bernette 38 was the only thing in this project that kept me stress-free. It was great sewing down the pleats and quick with the invisible zipper. This machine can handle lots of fabric for a big project!

3 comments on “My 4-H Project Sewn on My bernette 38”

  • This is a beautiful creation. It may be your last for 4-H but I will bet you will have many more to come in your sewing future. Does the girl with you happen to be your sister and did you make her dress also? You are both so lovely in your dresses. I hope for you a wonderful lifetime of sewing projects. It is great to see there are still girls who are interested in using a sewing machine to be creative in their own fashions.

  • I have been a 4H Sewing leader for 20 years. YOUR dress is BEAUTIFUL!
    Several years ago Bernina sponsored a Fashion show to include talented youth, like yourself. They gave away a new Bernina sewing machine to the top prize winners. I hope your post inspires them to bring back the Fashion show! Best of luck to you.

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