The spring sun is finally here, and it feels like my creativity has rebounded along with it! Not only was last week was a productive sewing week, my beautiful Nani Iro double gauze and Liberty lawn fabrics arrived when my parents came to visit for the weekend.
As far as Selfish Sewing Week Spring 2016 was concerned, I achieved my goals of remaking the Elise top (after pre-washing the jersey this time) and getting started on the Maritime shorts by completing a muslin. I’m glad I made a muslin, as I cut the pattern for a size 8, but it was snug in the waistband. I have this problem with shorts and pants often; I am thick waisted in comparison to my hip size, and it makes shopping very frustrating. This is part of the reason I became interested in sewing clothes in the first place. My plan is to cut a size 10 out of my fabric and increase the seam allowance through the hip to fit.
I also managed to sew the binding strips to the Wicksten tank that has sat in the unfinished pile in the craft room for about two months. This bias tape was in my fabric order, and it is so nice to have this unfinished object complete. So nice, in fact, that I wore it in public today to Bible study and the grocery store! I think, personally, this is the hardest step in the entire self-made clothing endeavour, the courage to wear it in public. I am not a professional seamstress or tailor, and while I strive for perfection, I am an amateur. My tank is not perfect, there is some puckering under the arm holes where I had trouble with the binding, but it’s not that noticeable, and it was cool enough to require a cardigan today anyway. I purchased this grey cotton voile at a quilt show last summer with the intent of trying my hand at making some summer tops before I ordered the Liberty lawn I was drooling over online. Let’s call it a ‘wearable muslin’. Hopefully I can get a better picture of the finished product once it’s gone through the wash… I was just so excited to wear it today that pictures had to wait!
I love the metallic silver stars on the inside bias binding, a cute touch. I had just enough of this tape to finish off this project, next time I make a fabric order I will order more yardage, cute bias tape always comes in handy!