Friday, July 12, 2013

And more for less

Filigree Paisley Cotton Lawn for $16 plus shipping at Marcy Tilton.  Or,

Kimono Voile Paisley Dream Purple at for $8.98, add a coupon of at least 15% off and free shipping possible.

This spring I got a yard of the "voile" (lawn is a better description) and made a bias top.  I love the colors and the fabric is nice but it is not $16 fabric by any means.  I really like supporting the small independent fabric vendors but what's a budget conscious gal supposed to do when this kind of thing keeps popping up?

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Knit top using New Look 6108

New Look 6108, view C, in a soft rayon knit from Gorgeous Fabrics sewn for Ms E, a twenty something friend.  

I made a quick muslin of this in a drapey black matte jersey and thought it looked strange as in how can this possibly look good on a body.  I was actually kind of stunned when Ms E tried on the muslin and it was perfect.  And flattering.  I hemmed the muslin and she likes it and wears it as well.   

No changes were made to the pattern for fit.  The front has a facing or half lining that covers the bust area which eliminates the need for finishing the front neckline and arm holes.  The back is supposed to have some kind of binding but I simply folded over the edges and coverstitched.  

It is such a pleasure when a pattern works.  The pieces fit together and the resulting garment is wearable and flattering.  I might have to make more of these tops.  One for DD in an ITY jersey sounds good.