With little practical sewing progress to report lately, it is good to accomplish one thing and feel a hint of achievement – in the guise of a new emerald silk georgette blouse:
This is the one that I hand rolled the hem of the flounce on – Burdastyle August 2009 #117 Blouse. The fabric is sheer so I chose to cut the blouse double, with the hem on the fold, with the inner and outer side seams are sewn in one complete pass. It is certainly opaque now – I’m even wearing a black bra underneath and you can’t tell!
While the needle was threaded I hand overcast all the internal raw edges together to prevent a fraying and pressing disaster after washing – it was fun and surprisingly quick. I blame Marina and her gorgeous blouse for inspiring this sort of behaviour in me!
Once I started hand sewing I couldn’t stop, and after attaching the neck binding by machine, I understitched it by hand using a prickstitch, then fell stitched it down. Georgette is great in that the thread disappears into the crepey crinkles so the binding almost looks like it is there by magic:
|Well, until you see a close-up photograph…|
I found a mis-matching-but-close-enough flat button from the button box, and worked a loop at the neck edge for the inner closure:
Then I tried it on….and it was huge. I think this was due to my fabric rather than the pattern – it was originally hand dyed, so the crepe texture had contracted a bit, and when it was pressed it flattened out a bit and grew.
Anyway I took 2cm off the armhole and side seam from the waist up, and also raised the side seam 1cm at the underarm to cover my bra band. At this stage I was regretting all my handwork! However it was worth it – it’s feeling a lot more like the top I originally envisaged.
I have given up on the flounce ever laying symmetrically – this fabric is so light that the slightest wisp of breeze rearranges them in an instant. The top part is actually quite symmetrical despite how it looks in the photo, but the lower part is definitely cut slightly off grain and lays asymmetrically. Honestly, whoever cut this should get the sack…
Maybe if I keep moving no-one will notice?!