Started at sewing camp. Completed at home.
Vogue 1412 in a lovely border-print silk crepe. Even better, the fabric was from last year’s ASG garage sale! Woohoo! Like Goldilocks, there was just enough for this blouse.
It’s been a very long time since I’ve made a formal woven blouse. Not that this blouse is for formal occasions, far from it, but that it involved more formal sewing skills. A cuff. A cuff placket. Shawl collar. Gathers.
And of course being silk, the need to finish all the interior edges appropriately. As nice on the inside as is is on the outside.
Expecting to wear the top over leggings, I lengthened it about 2 inches. I also cut it on the cross grain, to make full use of the lovely floral border.
Floaty Flowery Fabulosity!
The last(for a while) rendition of Avery is finished!
This was one of those endeavors that percolated for a while, then waited longer for fabric to arrive, then waited again for Ms. Mojo to return. It seemed to take forever, and I suppose it did.
Anyway, the first fabric was the floral print, which turned out to be way too sheer to use on it’s own. I thought to line it with a white lining until the idea of plain white morphed into spots, which lead to the under layer.
I lengthened the polka-dot under-layer about 1 1/2 inches, so it peeks out the bottom. The top and sleeves are a bright white rayon knit. No changes to the sewing, other than the two woven pieces are only connected at the top; they are free floating in the rest of the garment. This gives a nice swish to everything.
Another Avery, completed just in time to muddle about the house during the holidays. I plan to wear this one with leggings, and probably an open cardigan over it, as it’s turned decidedly cold here of late.
Cold as in a high of 34. Positively nippy. But no snow!
The sleeves and yoke are a rayon/lycra knit, while the printed bottom is a woven rayon. Given I bought the two fabrics years apart, I think the color matching is pretty good. No zipper needed, since there’s plenty of stretch in the rayon to pull it over my head. I skipped the hem facings on this one as well, opting for a small rolled hem instead.
I’ve finally discovered a style and size in leggings that I like to wear. Not too tight, not too short. A veritable Goldilocks size, if you will. Of course, that meant I had to make some longer tops to go with them.
Enter the recent Style Arc sale at Amazon, and as fruits of that sale, their Avery pattern. It’s a great mash-up of knit on top and woven on the bottom. That makes fitting the bust and shoulder area much easier. The lower part is woven, and meant to waft gently about the torso. Again, not much to fit.
I used the last of a Nicole Miller knit on top, and some lovely sand-washed rayon on the bottom. Do you know what the problem is with sand-washed rayon? It is an absolute cat fur magnet! And in our household, it’s always the feline who is oppositely colored to what you’re wearing that wants to be held. We should buy stock in lint rollers, I’m tellin’ ya.
Avery comes with the option of putting an exposed zipper in the back. Since I used a knit, there was no reason to. There are also supposed to be wide hem facings. Again, I omitted these in favor of a baby hem at the bottom.
I did cut the hem facings out and try them, but I seem to always have issues. They never go in smoothly, and when they’re stitched down per instructions, they stick out like duck tails fore and aft. Obviously I’m doing something wrong (too much interfacing? Not enough?), but will leave that to another rendition to solve.
Avery. Leggings. Boots. Oh My!
It is finally cooling down here, (stop laughing! 90+ is considered warm by Sierraville standards) though for a while it was rather toasty. Toasty and smoky, what with all the fires in Northern California.
Anyway, my increasing girth (Dessert? Sure, I’ll take two!) created a shortage in the shorts department.
I used my standard Jalie pattern (which I think is now out of print) to remedy the situation. Fabric is a very well aged cotton from stash. So well aged that it had fade stripes from sitting in the sunlight.
I cut the legs about 1.5 inches wider, as shorts don’t fit as close to the body as jeans do. The other change I tried was using some leftover knit as the waistband binding.
The first try had the knit stretching as I sewed, so it was ripped. The second try I used Wonder Tape to hold the bottom side in place, folded over the top, then stitched. Much better! Now it’s super soft and comfy against my skin.
I’m not sure how often I’ll use this technique, but I do like it. The inside feels much nicer than a serged edge on the waistband.
Sooo, what’s different about this?
That’s right, it HAS SLEEVES! But, just barely. Don’t look inside, those armscye seams are hanging on by a serged thread. But, it has SLEEVES.
I transmogrified my fitting adjustments to this pattern. It’s a princess seam top, with a non-banded collar.
The fabric is a cotton dobby from the local fabric outlet. Garment fabric pickings are slim here in Sierraville, so this was a rare find. I like the dottiness of the fabric, even though it made my eyes cross while sewing it.
The grid also made it very easy to align the pattern on grain, and match the seams. The back seams match almost perfectly! Now, why is it when I try ever so hard to have that happen, measuring thrice and cutting once, it rarely does? Must be one of Einsteins lesser known laws. The Law of Pattern Alignment.
I did my usual funky facing using some scraps of quilting cotton. Black with little red roses for the front facing, under collar and sleeve hem.
I had thought to add buttons. Since the fabric is a bit thick, I may just wear it as a topper over colored tanks. That will be nice when out after dark, and the temps cool down.
Not quite the same as the first.
Another rendition of the multi-tucked, FBA’d woven blouse. My very own frankenpattern, if you will.
I thought I had all the fitting kinks worked out when I cut this and took it to Sewing Camp. As you can see it is sleeveless, just like the first one.
Confession: I didn’t have all the fitting issues worked out as well as I thought I had. Hence, no sleeves.
BUT (and that is a large hopeful but) I think I have now. Will blouse #3 have sleeves? If it does, will I be able to move my arms? We shall have to wait and see.
I did my usual styling, making the under collar and collar band in a different fabric. I like doing this – the underside peeks out, and provides a little extra something-or-other. Hey, it’s my blouse, it makes me smile. That’s enough for me.
The armholes are hemmed using a baby hem. Instead of buttons I applied snaps.
The fabric is…ancient. I have no idea where I got it. It’s been in the stash for decades. Literally decades. I think it may even have moved to Cactusville with me, way back when. It is that old. A very soft cotton with a sheeting feel to it.