The weather today was so changeable, I sat here this morning trying to decide if I should put the laundry on the clothes line… or take photos for my blog. What should I do?
You might remember last post I was fighting to make my dress pattern work with my fabric and my body. That pattern lost. This pattern, on the other hand, McCall’s M6840 was a winner. I made view B but with short sleeves. Short sleeves since the fabric is so summery – but also after salvaging the fabric out of the almost completed dress, I didn’t have enough pieces left that were large enough to make long sleeves!
I even had to cut the collar in two pieces and join them with a centre seam. I am hoping my long hair hides that seam. (No one will notice … don’t tell!)
I like how they instructed to put the collar and the collar stand together. The collar was made and then it was sandwiched between the two collar stand pieces, right sides together. Then the outside of the collar stand was sewn on to the neckline of my bodice, right sides together of course. Then is was turned and hand sewn on the inside bottom of the collar stand.
I used contrasting stitching for my button holes. I wonder how other sewists finish off their button holes. I have never used my sewing machine to tie off my button holes. I pull the hanging threads to the inside and double and triple knot them – old habits die hard!
I was considering doing some top stitching on this top but ended up sewing a double row of stitching at the hems only. The length of the short sleeves was mandated by how much fabric I had left, but they turned out to be a comfortable, cool, summery length. I used single fold bias tape for all the hemming. I finished off some of the inside seams with single fold bias tape and some with my serger.
This fabric feels so fine – 100% rayon Batik. I love the front fly button closing hiding my blue buttons and the back pleat at the yoke.
Oh! … and to compromise I did put the laundry on the clothes line AND take photos for my blog.
This is a definite improvement on the dress I was trying to make with this fabric in my last post.
It was a beautiful sunny day today, but it was incredibly windy! I was fighting both to try and get decent photos.
Let’s just hide in the shade some..
To get a better look … no glaring sun and/0r gusting winds … let’s get an inside shot of Dolly wearing my top!
I’m quite happy with my new top. It will look great with casual pants or dressed up with a pretty skirt. I’m really, really, happy I didn’t continue with that awful dress pattern!
It’s been pretty busy in our family these past few months so I have’t had a chance to look for an “Indie” pattern for Indie Pattern Month at the Monthly Stitch. But I am enjoying all the Indie pattern activity that is happening! Keep up the lovely work ladies!
I have a lot of cutting to do tomorrow or there will be nothing for me to sew during the week. Do you cut a few garments at once like me, or are you the type to cut an outfit and then sew it up?