The fabric is a wool double-knit so it looks nice from both sides. The pattern purchase was an instant gratification situation: click paypal, download and print! The way I deal with a downloaded pattern is to use very small pieces of tape to secure papers to the cutting table. Then I trace it off with sheer doctors' exam table paper.
I use the traced-off pattern to tissue fit on my dress form.
I selected the size based on shoulder length (I just measured the pattern). Although my bust, waist and hips are larger than the smallest pattern, this style has so much ease it's fine. Now that I have the dress form, it is quick business to tissue fit and save the agony of an ill-fitting garment. I added inches to the shoulder area again, just as I did for the Silhouettes #175 pattern.
The fabric is an unusual bright cobalt blue with olive green stripes, so it is not a color that would be available in large spools of serger thread. Sometimes I will wind several bobbins with thread and use them on the serger, but this fabric does not fray much at all, so I went with a regular sewing machine zig-zag.
For the bindings, I (naturally!) wanted them to look very uniform and perfect. I cut strips of the double knit on the bias because I liked the stripes best on an angle. Rather than sewing them on with a standard technique, I went off-roading with my own wack-a-doodle technique. I faced my binding with fusible interfacing.
Yes, I will say that again. I faced the binding with very lightweight fusible interfacing (Pro-Sheer Elegance). I cut strips of interfacing narrower than the binding, sewed them to the wool doubleknit, right sides together. At that point they were like long tubes and I turned them right sides out. Then I pressed and this gave a nice uniform strip of binding, with the edges permanently fused down. It made the rest of the process so much easier!
|This is the binding with a fused facing- lightened to show detail.|
|This fusible interfacing gives, so it did not interfere with the stretchiness of the wool. |
I realize this may seem a little overkill, but I had visions of the binding slipping out and going crooked and the fusble interfacing made it very easy to handle. I was able to sew mitered corners, match stripes and relax while working. It was so easy to sew that I stitched the whole thing by hand using a fell stitch. I can sit and sew a fell stitch for hours, watching episodes of Lost on Netflix. I can, and I did!
Cute design, isn't it? Hardly any seams at all! So clever. I inserted shoulder pads to give some definition.
Now I have to figure out what to wear with it besides jeans.
Do you have any styling ideas for me? Can I wear this over dresses or skirts? This is a new look for me.
Hope you had a nice weekend!
Spring has sprung.