Wednesday, May 13, 2015

THANK YOU Claire!

Yesterday, in my coaching session with Diane, I mentioned that I was making a top from the fabric Claire had given me and that there wasn't enough. She went oooooooouuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhh in that oh how delightful way! It made me laugh. Not everyone understands.





I finished the top although it did take a detour into ripping out and redoing at one point. I'm quite pleased with how it finished and it feels light like air on. Thank you Claire.





The purple used for the strips and binding is a cotton silk blend with almost the same weight as the silk. I think they worked together wonderfully.





I didn't stabilize the neckline and when I sewed the binding on, it stretched so I had to take the binding back off and redo it. That was a two hour detour so when it came time for the armholes, I needed to both cut off the seam allowance and stabilize them however, since I'd frankenpatterned, there wasn't a good template so I pinned both armholes together and into a piece of tracing paper and cut through all the layers leaving...





... a template I could use to make sure the armhole was the right size and shape before applying a narrow strip of fusible interfacing and then the binding. A neat trick.





And now I'm on to my next project, the raincoat. Last night, I started painting patches for the back, hemline, and buttonhole patches... while eating chocolate... and chatting with Barb.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - chocolate

12 comments:

  1. This is such a cute creative top, Myrna. My Mawmaw, who taught me to sew, loved sewing garments from fabric remnants so I think that's normal plus fun. It definitely makes one more creative which you accomplished! Karen

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    1. It's definitely fun. There are times for a simple project and that's good and then I really enjoy not knowing and working my way through to the end.

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  2. Flat out gorgeous. Really looks like one of those 'toss it on, look phenomenally chic, comfy, and like you spent a thousand bucks' kind of French deals. Really! The yoke is SO CHIC, takes it into atelier level. Yet absolutely easy to wear every day (esp. when it's devilishly hot and all you want to do is melt).

    Claire brought you a truly spectacular gift and you did it justice alright!

    Stealing this idea too! ha! thank you Myrna and thank you Claire! hugs to Chloe :)

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    1. Steal away. I got the idea from the back of a t-shirt of a woman in Starbucks. Hers was a striped fabric. I just made my own stripes. Phenomenally chic.... hmm... that sounds good.

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    2. You are (both) so so welcome!! That top is simply brilliant! It looks so cool and light and flowy!

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  3. I don't know how you do it....awesome!!!!

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  4. Love how you made the stripes, so clever and It looks great Myrna. An everyday chic little top with boutique class.

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    1. Thank you. A fun piece to make.

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  5. How wide do you cut your interfacing to stabilise the seams? I hate to ask as you are already so generous with your information; but are you able to post a photograph of where it is adhered in relation to the seam allowance? Thanks in advance. Susan

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    1. In this case, I cut it 3/8" wide and there was no seam allowance on the neckline or armhole because it's sleeveless so it was fused right next to the raw edge and serged over when I joined the binding. You want to catch it into your stitching so it permanently stabilizes.

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    2. Thanks Myrna! That's the information I needed; I sometimes have problems with necklines stretching out, despite stay stitching, so I think your suggestion of narrow interfacing is the answer. Your top looks wonderful and will be a perfect garment for your river cruise

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