Wow, Sewing Indie Month is officially over. Yesterday was the last day of blog touring and tutorials but you still have a few more days to enter some of the fun contests and possibly win one of many great prize packs.
On that post I mostly talked about the tutorial instructions so I thought I’d do a short post here on the details of the shirt itself.
The Fabric: I was surprised to find this 100% rayon challis print at Joann Fabrics of all places. This was stuck up with the “silky” fabrics which is just a nice way of saying “shiny polyester.” Luckily I checked the bolt end and was pleasantly surprised. Rayon was perfect for this project ’cause it’s so drapey and relaxed.
The lining fabric is a white rayon challis leftover from an old project.
The crochet lace at the lining’s hem also came from Joann. I don’t often include trim in my sewing so I’m glad I found a reason to use it.
The Changes: Besides all the details for the tutorial…
For the hem of the outer layer I did a blind hem by hand. I didn’t want a line of visible stitching distracting from the lace.
The pattern itself includes sleeve cuffs and cute little epaulets but I decided to leave those off to keep the focus on the lace.
I tried something new on the sleeve hems, though – a hand rolled hem. It’s a technique I started using on my historical costumes. It makes a truly tiny hem with the added bonus of having almost no visible stitching. It’s usually reserved for very lightweight fabrics like chiffon. This tutorial is a good example of the method I used.
Since the shirt had a lining I didn’t need to use bias tape on the neckline but I appreciated the series of tips included in the pattern instructions on making nice, flat, bias facings.
I did a couple other changes to the assembly but the instructions were very clear and the illustrations helpful.
The Results: This is a great shirt! It’s already in heavy wardrobe rotation. The only thing I wish I had done differently would be to center the stripe pattern, something I didn’t notice when cutting out the fabric. I did a good job of matching stripes at the side seams but I wish I would have lined up the triangles and shapes within those stripes evenly. Oh well, I doubt anyone else will notice.
Go read the full tutorial over at PaprikaPatterns.com!