Writings on sewing related subjects, as well as whatever suits my fancy.
I pulled some fabric that was acquired last year or this year for potential tops to go with this blue skirt as well as navy pants in my wardrobe. The fabric below was acquired from Vogue Fabrics in 2011.
This is a fairly recent purchase from Fabric Mart; a rayon challis fabric.
This is fabric from Waechters Fine Fabrics in Asheville, NC.
What has not been decided is what blouse/top patterns I will use.
I started the process of pin fitting this pattern this morning. Adjustments have been made and I will be cutting out the fabric shortly. I thought about making the dress but I believe I will get more wear from this as a top.
The fabric I will use for this was purchased from Fabric Mart during one of their knit sales earlier this year. I have cut back quite on bit on fabric purchases this year. I did just order two knit fabrics from Girl Charlee during the July 4th holiday. Anticipate those fabrics arriving next week.
I was drawn to this fabric because of the pastel color dots. I want to sew a solid color top most likely in black. The fabric has been washed and is ready to be cut.
Well-I am a little flustered with my progress! The fabric I am using is very similar to the inspirational top, the fabric content is probably not the same at all.
I am using a semi sheer rayon that was a pain to cut out as it was a little slippery. Not difficult to sew, just more fiddly than I prefer to sew.
I was going to use the sleeves with elastic at the hem but that was frustrating for me and after two attempts to get the elastic just right using a casing, I gave up.😒 I had enough fabric to cut out the sleeves with the ties and there is where I stopped for now. It should not be that difficult to insert elastic into a casing but trying to then stitch down the remaining edge was frustrating and turned out to be unkind to the fabric.
M7163 is complete. I do want to make one more tweak to the back pattern piece. I decided to post pictures of the top even though the shorts I am wearing is not what I would plan to wear this top with and I did not have make up on or hair styled at the time.
Though the fabric description is labeled as lightweight, I think it is more mid weight which leads to bulkier look than the pattern actually calls for.
So without further ado--------
The back is too full in the upper back area; I think you can see this in the side view more. I made my usual 5/8 swayback adjustment but did not make an upper small back adjustment. I am going to undo the side seams in right under the arms and reduce the back width in that area and then restitch. I need the fullness at the hip area so will then ease back into the hip area as it is now.
The neckline casing was a pain in the butt. The instructions call for 1/2 inch elastic to be inserted into two parts of the casing. Should I make this again I woul…