I don’t think in my time sewing and blogging if I’ve ever completed a project and posted it in the same day. Well today will be the first! I picked up my nerdy cotton fabric from SAS Fabrics. It was my first visit to the store. Messy, overwhelming and not really organized but I did score some cute fabric so I guess you can forgive the bad.
I was going to make a different top with this fabric but since moving to Arizona I realized I need a lot more warm weather items. Plus with the Sorbetto you can layer a sweater on top for those cooler times. The pattern is super simple. It consists of only two pattern pieces! I checked on the web and Pinterest to see the different versions of this pattern. I think this is one of those patterns that you can make a million revisions to it and come out with something different everytime.
I did not follow the pattern spot on. I gave it more length and a curved hem in the front and back. I used another pattern (my favorite shirt pattern B5526) to make the curves just right. I added 2 1/2″ tothe overall length. I cut the size 10. I was worried about the pattern being too tight around the hips. I think next time I make it (which I totally will!) I will grade from an 8 down to the 10. I did read other people had issues with the bust darts being too high but I didn’t have any problem.
The most time consuming part of the shirt was putting on the binding. I used pre-made black binding (I had it in my stash) for the neck and hem. I didn’t have enough for the arms so I made binding with the leftover fabric I had and turned it all inside. I think it turned out pretty awesome.
The binding is a little stiff. I know after a wash or two it will be fine. By the way, I falled to mention, this is a free pattern! You can find it online as a pdf, yes you have to cut and tape, but you can make one for yourself too!
I bought some chiffon ages ago from Hancock Fabrics. It was the only time I had been there, mainly because it was nowhere near me. I bought the chiffon for maybe a $1/yd. I hadn’t done anything with it because I heard it’s a pain to deal with so I was a little scared. Plus I needed to get a lining for the fabric because it’s see-through. Only wearing panties do not count as something to wear under chiffon. I’m not that kind of girl. I ended up buying a lining, among other things, from Fabric.com. I’ve bought other fabric from there before and haven’t been disappointed and I like their free shipping if you spend over $50 (I think). Spending that much is easy to do. Fabric is kind of addicting.
I decided I needed to make a super flowy maxi. Exactly what chiffon is made for, flowy! The plan is simple. Gather the lining and chiffon separately, then sew them to a band of elastic. Not too hard right? Problem is, I hate gathering fabric. I used my serger and set it to the stretchier fabric so it already starts to gather the fabric. Then it’s sit and watch tv while I gather it to the right size.
I serged the lining, chiffon and elastic all together on the edge of my wide band elastic. The hard part of this is you have to stack elastic, chiffon then lining. Why you say? When you flip the whole thing right side out the stitched edge is hid and you have an elastic waistband that shows.
Now I could hide it and make a proper band. That’s just too much for this. Plus I’m not really a shirt tucking kind of person so no one is going to see it anyways so ha!
Lastly, hemming. I did a rolled hem on my skirt but there’s a whole bunch of tutorials if you want to make a tiny little hem at the bottom. I like the extra weight from all the thread and I think it makes it move a bit differently.
I really love this skirt. It’s super girlie and princess like. I had an accident the first time I wore it! 😱 I dropped pasta with pesto on it. That’s oil guys! I read to put baking soda on it to take out the oil. Well it did but somehow the color was removed too. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m not sure if you can spot dye chiffon.