A UFO – not lost, but found!

Last weekend I attacked with renewed energy one of the UFOs I found when I was analyzing my #MMMay2018 results and inventorying my fabric.  (Found?  First I would have to I admit it was lost!  Never!)

I had previously made a Designer me-made Copy of a GAP tank top for my sister with a beautiful deep teal green stretch knit, 90% polyester, 7% rayon and 3% spandex, posted here.  Since there was fabric leftover from that project, and it is a beautiful fabric not to be wasted, I told my sister that I was sure I could squeeze a simple tee shirt out of the remnant.

I still had the tracing I had made from her RTW tee shirt, although I had lost her measurements, but I figured that was good enough.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

I was all set to cut out her fabric when I had a thought.  I must still have the self drafted GAP tank top pattern I drew up for her.  I know that fit perfectly as she wears the tank top still.  I was curious to see how they compare.  Laying the tee shirt tracing and the tank top self-drafted pattern on top of each other I could see that the tank top pattern was a bit looser in the sides, so I opted to cut a mixture of the tee shirt and the tank top.  I chalked the cutting line, adding 2 cm seam allowance.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Looks good, a simple shape and easy to sew!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

I like sewing seam tape or double fold bias tape on the shoulder seams of stretchy knit fabrics.  I used a narrow zig zag for the seams and a wider zig zag to bind the tape and the seam allowances, with a “stretch” needle.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Side seams were sewn with the same narrow zig zag stitch.  I also trimmed down all seams as much as I could.  I folded up the hem, avoiding stretching the fabric, and held it with Wonder tape so I could fold it over again and sew the hem down.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

I used Wonder tape to hem the neckline too,  same as the bottom hem, one fold with Wonder tape and one more without, all sewn down.  I did use a long straight stitch here, being careful not to twist or stretch the fabric.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

It looks a bit rumpled when not being worn, but on the body it stretches out smoothly. (I love this colour.  I need more of this colour in my life!  Too bad it’s not mine!)

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Finished top!  My sister was surprised, and I hope pleased, to see this addition to her wardrobe (… after all these months, and NO I did not lose her fabric in the mess that WAS my fabric stash! 😂👍)

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

I still have a few more “found” UFOs to finish up – a blue Hollyburn skirt, a blue pair of pants/trousers and a dress for myself, and a top for my other sister.

How many UFOs do you have sitting idle?

Happy Sewing!

STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT?  This was a small remnant and it wasn’t included in my 132 metre inventory.  Nothing’s changed!



12 thoughts on “A UFO – not lost, but found!

  1. a lovely tee and so similar in shape to an ivory rayon one that I have. I love the versatility of a good basic tee. To answer your question…I have one major UFO and it’s a very complicated and will no doubt be a time-consuming jacket, which is only cut out. It’s a tartan Vivienne Westwood copy and I may get back to it in late Summer

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  2. Rose says:

    Okay, if we are being honest here. I have not sewn an outfit for over 12 years and I found, in my hall closet, a pattern pinned to material all folded up. I put the entire lot in the donation bag and hope that someone, out there, enjoys making a new dress.

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