Follow along as I sew what I wear, cook and garden.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I got this pattern at the last Joann's sale. I walked in for a zipper and walked out with this because it is one of the Custom Fit patterns with multiple cup size fronts. So far so good. I got it home and I read the directions. Chances are I wouldn't make it the way the tell you to, but I always read them. This is a knits only pattern, but they one, tell you to stay stitch the neckline and two, instead of using a knit binding they tell you to use ready made bias tape to finish the neckline. Not knit but woven bias tape. Head scratching here. Why would you do this on a knit? The instructions are to open one edge of the bias strip sew it down, understitch it , press, turn baste and topstitch close to basting. I understand that it will stabilize the neckline but do I really want to do this on a knit top? How would you handle this edge dear reader?
On to other sewing. I figured out why the Threads directions for narrowing pants legs doesn't work for me. It's ok in the back, but in the front it flattens out crotch curve and this does not work on my body. I need a deeper front curve or I get ugly vertical wrinkles pointing to the front crotch. So I've been struggling to get my black pants sewn up to where I'll be happy to wear them and decided a break was in order. Instead I've been taking a page from Karen and tracing off patterns and getting them altered to fit my body; always a lengthy task. I wanted a vest and I found one in an old Knipmode, yeh I am actually going to make something from my collection of Knips. I traced a couple of tops from the latest Burda and I transferred the changes I made to my pants to my pattern. I need to trace a pencil skirt and then I'll go back to my pants, and sew up the blouse I cut out too.
On the experimenting front the narrow sas on the waist band works really well. It is much easier to sew opposite curves when the sas is narrow, in this case 1/4". On the other hand, the fabric is another one with too much lycra. I like a small amount, like 1% which is very hard to find, but when you get up to 3% it is yard to get pants to stay without sewing them a lot tighter than I like them to be. Of course after an hour they'll be a lot looser!
I have been sewing since I was a teenager, mostly self taught. I sew for myself, with some some occasional sewing for my daughter. I love garment sewing and will only sew home dec if desperate. I love to cook and read and try to avoid cleaning as much as possible.