31 Days of Sewing: Day 9
It’s been great to experiment with all new fabrics on the market. Right now there is a wonderful choice of fabrics in the fabric store.
There are even more choices online, it can be hard to choose.
I prefer buying things in person, I like to touch everything. If it’s coarse or stiff, it’s just not for me. I am super sensitive when it comes having fabric against my skin.
The other day I came across a bolt of peach skin fabric in the clearance section at the fabric store. It is so soft, it feels like butter.
Peach skin is unique because it has a slightly brushed texture to it that gives it a time worn appearance. Kind of like your favorite faded blue jeans. It just looks like something you have had in your closet forever.
It also feels like something you would wear forever, until it falls apart.
I do a washing test before choosing my fabric for cutting. I always wash the fabric to shrink it before I cut (fabrics can shrink as much as 10% the first time in the laundry). Some fabrics pass the wash test, and some don’t. Because I haven’t cut the garment yet, I am not so concerned about shrinkage, but I do like to see how well it will hold up after washing.
I have a couple of cotton broad cloth pieces that I bought to make blouses out of, they looked good and felt nice in the store but they came out of the washer in a wrinkled mess. They also unraveled quite a bit on the cut edge, making me realize how important it will be to clean finish the cut seam edges.
I am not so sure if I want to even make them up, I don’t like the idea of ironing anymore than the next person.
Do you iron? Probably not, most people don’t anymore.
The peach skin, washes really well and doesn’t shrink. It passed my test with flying colors.
The peach skin is similar to the feel of silk, but it is manmade, and has an incredibly soft hand.
I love the way it drapes in the front.
The fabric has a slight stripe in it, which shows the bias cut. I like the texture that the stripe adds to this garment. I made the mistake of not using a new needle on this item, and I should have. The peach skin is rather tough to puncture, so a sharp needle is essential. It’s also rather slick to sew on, probably due to the bias cut of this garment. Pins don’t go through it very easily, so use them sparingly. Over all I liked the fabric and would use it again.
I do have issues with this sleeve pattern though. This is the second Vogue pattern sleeve that I have had trouble easing into the armhole. The directions call for two rows of basting at the sleeve cap which helps to gather the sleeve enough to fit in the armhole. This is a rather standard procedure and usually it’s not a problem to set the sleeves without getting any wrinkles in the sleeve cap.
I couldn’t get the sleeve on this garment set the way I wanted it. Some fabrics just ease better than others. For example, cottons and wools are quite flexible (shrink easily with steam) and work well in sleeves. The polyester peach skin is so dense and doesn’t shrink, it didn’t work well at all. If I was to make this pattern again, I would take out some of the fullness at the sleeve cap in order to get a really smooth fit.
I hate to say it, but this sleeve reminds me of the 1990’s when all blouses had shoulder pads. The sleeve cap had to be larger in order to make room for the shoulder pad. I would venture to guess that originally this was designed with a shoulder pad and the pattern was never updated to work without one.
Things like this happen all the time in the sewing industry, it’s easier to just change the pattern directions than to re-work the pattern.
Just my two cents.
It’s not a huge deal for this blouse, I will probably wear it with a sweater or a jacket most of the time, but those little puckers bothers me, easing shouldn’t be that difficult.
The blouse was made without the neck facing as before (did I tell you I hate neck facings?), this time I just turned down the back neck and made a 1/4″ rolled hem. I also opted for a rolled hem at the bottom of the blouse instead of the 2″ hem in the pattern directions.
Just so you know, right now the Vogue website has great deals on their patterns, only $4.99 each. Super bargain! They also have some beautiful new styles for the holidays. Now is the time to stock up!
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