3/24/08

New Projects emerging

So I am starting some new slow motion projects. It means they will take some time and I will try to make them very neat and learn some new techniques along the way! I guess I will be making some peanuts in between (like 2 hour T-shirts and I still have to make the draft how to). The first project is a cape out of a navy wool that I am trying to draft myself. I will post it later on.
The project I started is this dress from the BWOF 3/2008. It is the model Nr. 116.




I will make it knee length. It will be out of a yellow dotted 100 % silk I got on ebay - I bought a package with a 4 m of this silk and 4 m black wool blend for 7 eu. I loved that fabric so that I would have definitely pay more.
The silk is slightly sheer so I underlined it with a nude jersey and I think it works quite well. I have no experience at all in sewing silk so I am not that sure if it is a good idea with the jersey...
I found this and this video useful though.



I am working on a muslin right now, but only as a blouse. I am using the same jersey and a thin silk fabric I got for 3.90 eu. It has some print mistakes but I was able to cut around them.
Here the jersey silk test:


The blouse so far:
It is only hand basted I havent started on the machine stitching yet. The fit is quite good and you can easily be adjusted by using the darts. Cutting took forever cause I had to cut the jersey, baste it to the silk and then cut it. I will show the procedure with the real dress.
I didn't know how to finish the sleeves edges. I tried to hem them by hand but I couldn't get it right. No idea how to hem round edges properly...
I ended using this technique, which worked great on this fabric, but I wouldn't like using it for the yellow one. Must figure that one out...


Hm. It is looking a bit like a 70s curtain - so I am moving backwards in time coming from the 80s in the previous posts. I loved that print when I was buying it and still like it but sometimes I get this curtain feeling about it...

3 comments:

christina said...

That dress is one of my favorites from the March issue, it will look great in the yellow silk.

To hem the sleeves, you might want to try a "narrow hem". I'm trying to find some good pictures of it online.

oonaballoona said...

hey there, i'm so glad to see your blog! the thread was bumped off the main page so i didn't know you had posted. i am stalling on work right now, but i.m excited to visit & read later...
:)oonaballoona

paco peralta said...

Geri, this beautiful blouse with this pattern, the fabric is also very original. As has finished sleeves?. You say that you did not know how to do ?.... I see well, are pretty sleeves for this purpose. I am impatient for the final result. Greetings and a hug for you. Paco