Fabric: 1960’s Art Silk (?)
Pattern: FREE download, Colette Sorbetto
Notions: Blue Lace from stash, Satin Bias Tape £2.90, Rayon Thread £2.00
Time to complete: approx 7-8 hours
First Worn: January 2012
Cost: Fabric £1 from charity shop bin, notions £4.90 TOTAL: £5.90
Wear again: Yes!
This is based on the,’Cran-Do Attitude’ top – I’m easing myself gently back into sewing for the new year with Sorbetto …. I had intended using this fabric for handbag linings – it has that kind of quality about it. But there’s so much of it anyway that I still have enough left over for one or two, even after making this. To me, it looks like something from the 60’s. I found this, together with a piece with a pink ground in the window of a charity shop. The shade of blue-green is supposed to be one of my colours and so I thought I could make a useful tank top (Sorbetto to the rescue!).
I used Claire Schaffer’s, ‘Couture Techniques’ book to find out how to make a false french seam for the inside finishing (hand done whip stitch) for this flimsy fabric. I’ve made the body longer, into a more flattering (for me) tunic shape. I also gathered and hand sewed the blue lace trim to achieve an invisible attachment behind the front pleat. I even found some silk effect bias tape (the only shade they had in the shop was green!) which makes the neck and armholes more fluid than a cotton tape would have. I machined the first seam and handstitched the foldover to achieve an invisible effect. I like this top because it uses exactly one pack of bias tape. The notions have cost more than the fabric!
So, overall, as good on the inside as the outside – my goal for this year. Just the thing for the upcoming spring and summer at work with these trousers maybe, as well as tucked into my navy suit skirt. Even with my white jeans on holiday. I could even have made it longer, as a dress, and might do that next time. The only place I can wear it now in January is in the tropical greenhouses at the Botanic Gardens here in Cambridge. I am standing among bunches of bananas and tropical flowers. It was raining on the day of the photographs and particularly humid indoors, so a funny experience to have – sorry about the creases – I had my qulted parka coat on over it on the journey there. Photographs courtesy of Cheryl, who I work with!