oona does it!: criminal minds
once again, i'm taking on two elegant ladies of the cloth. first, the lovely sew weekly contributor adey querys:
how about using woven and knit fabrics on one garment? that should be fun :)
how about me showing up on your doorstep and stealing some clothes, adey. THAT would be fun.
next challenge, mix three opposing fabrics/colors/patterns!
though both these ladies should be sentenced to Making Garments For Other People due to the criminal amount of jealousy they create in the sewing community, i did their bidding. maybe this means i'll be first on the list when they get their lifetime sentence.
i grabbed a project runway pattern (simplicity 2942) and two fabrics from the awesome ny meetup (in which i wasn't supposed to buy anything). the stripey bits are a terry cloth knit from paron fabrics, and the polka dot print is silk from chic. SILK! the armbands complete cathe's "three" in the form of crocheted trim painstakingly rescued from the edge of an urban outfitters skirt. this was a lightbulb moment, i wanted the sleeveless version of this top but didn't want any topstitching (for once). before i sewed the side seams up, i used armhole length strips of the trim, and attached it to the outside as you would a facing. pressed the seam to the inside, trim extending out, and stitched the side seams right up to the edge of the trim. et voila.
this is probably not the invention of the lightbulb, but it felt like eureka to me.
i was psyched, like, seriously, frothing at the mouth, to place the terry cloth stripes on the shoulders zagging off in a different direction. but temporarily thwarted. the shoulders looked like they were separate pieces in the line drawing, mais non. so i eyeballed it, hacked 3.5 inches off the pattern back, added seam allowance to the two new pieces, and attached terrycloth to silk.
yeah. sewing up these fabrics together was a little difficult. easier once i went silk side up. it took 5 attempts of edges screaming drunkenly off into the seam allowance to figure that one out. flip it over, oona. put the seam ripper down.
can i tell you something about simplicity's project runway line? IT ROCKS MY WORLD. for someone who likes to mess around with a pattern till it is a shadow of the line drawing, this is the BOMB. and it doesn't even require much more adjusting than raising the waist and keeping in mind the amount of ease. i even bought this in juniors and it STILL worked. i think i've found my go to Big 5 line. those patterns you can just cut out, make your usual adjustments, and sew, without the Dreaded And Time Consuming Muslin. i've heard of women finding this niche. i thought they were lying. after 3 wins with this line, i'm sold.
(you might have seen win the first in my easter dress for the sew weekly hats off challenge. never wore the dress, but the pattern was delicious. come back next week for the third win, and see what goes with this top.)
(hint: it's not jeans. or a hot pink bird.)