11/27/09

The Last of Simiplicity 2850

Hoping all had a beautiful Thanksgiving.

I've completed my final top for the Month of Tops and like to give a big Thank You to Faye for hosting a great sew along.  Also, would like to give a shout-out to all the ladies that participated and created beautiful garments.  This sew along allowed me to create tops that added some pop to my wardrobe - and I mean POP by going with vibrant prints that I can use in my wardrobe repertoire. 

The fabric is another poly/lycra from Walmart @ $2.00/yd during one of my shopping excursions. The print is interesting and reminds me of an asian inspired print.  I did the same pattern alterations as the others, but there was some repeated positioning to get the print on the sleeve and body of the blouse to line up... think its close enough.







With 3 days remaining, I would like to get started on a coat. I made a coat this Spring, but the warmer temps came fast and wasn't able to get a good wear out of it.  However, with the Fall temps I have been wearing the dickins' out the coat, which I used upholstery fabric in a rust color.  I did not do any underlining to add warmth and used a polyester lining, so it works well for now.  The fabric is washing machine friendly and does not wrinkle and no sign of shrinkage.  So another coat is in order.

I visited Sav-a-thon who was hosting a sale on faux fur and selected a Wheat colored faux fur with 80/20% Acrylic/Modacrylica with a short pile, minimal one-way stretch and soft.  The top fabric is Sandstone in color and a textured polyester blend used for curtains, which I'll be used as an underlining.  Since the faux fur has one-way stretch, I will use the stretch vertically and hope that issues will not crop up wherein hindsight I should be using an underling with the same characteristics.


My next fabric trip was to Fulton fabrics where they had a new selection of upholstery fabrics.  There were 8 different colors to chose from and I purchased a deep seaform fabric with a very tight stitch, and smooth to the touch on the fashion fabric side. The underside has some type of weaved backing with a coating and to soften the underside I tossed it in the washing machine on a cold setting and tumbled dry.  As for shrinkage, I started out with 2-1/2 yds and after washing & drying, ended with 2-3/8 yds.

Here is a pic of the fabrics after washing & drying... used a lot of fabric softner.



Little if any wrinkling.


 I explained to the clerk that I wanted some type of windbreak lining and he suggested using - as he like to call it umbrella fabric, I like to call it shower curtain fabric.  Very smooth and subtle, but with some type of coating on the back.  I washed it together with the fabric pictured above and ended up with the same shrinkage of 2-3/8 yds.  The fabrics that I will be using for underlining salvage edge reads PKaufman - Flame Retardant....umm good to know.



Purchased the same fabric as above but in a Wine color and coordinating fabric for underlining.  I still need to find buttons and lining. 


These are the patterns I've selected for my coats and although the patterns call for more yards of fabric than I purchased, making the jackets shorter will balance it out.... I hope...teehee.

18 comments:

Amanda S. said...

Yet another nice top. I'm loving that material, but then I'm always a sucker for reds. Great job!

Faye Lewis said...

Shelia, thank you so much again for your participation in the month of tops sew along. This and all of your tops have been so inspirational to me. You did such a wonderful job as usual, and I always love your combinations. Please be sure to check out the April MOT sew-a-long for the spring!

Jackie said...

I love your top. The fabric is so pretty. I look forward to see what you make with your new fabrics. I have NL6736 in my upcoming projects, but probably not until Spring.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I love the top! The fabric is AWESOME! And how come there are no Wal-Marts near me carrying fabric like that?!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Another beautiful top. I love the print!

The fabrics for your jackets are beautiful too. The lining combinations will be awesome.

alethia said...

Yep another fabulous top! Love ittt

Sewtellme said...

I love this! I'm so jealous of you guys who have fabric in your Wal-Mart.

Mary Sarah said...

Hi There! (Remember me?) This top is great and so are the others you made. One great pattern and many wonderful tops. What could be better? Can't wait to see the coats you make. Love the fabrics you bought. Hope you're doing great!

Linda said...

Sheila that top is drop dead gorgeous. I never ever find that kind of knit fabric at my Walmart!!! Great use of the design.

Susan said...

This is really beautiful. I think the fabric is stunning. I'm going to have to try to make this one, since the pattern is already in my stash.

del said...

That top is very Asian-looking. Great job! I cannot wait to see this coat.

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

I love that top !!! Walmart is so cool ! Also, I'm surprised people aren't paying you to put together their wardrobes.

Opal said...

Another nice top. That fabric is so pretty.

Monique said...

Nice print on your red top! Great job!

Handmade said...

Stunning top - gorgeous fabric!

Kathi said...

I love that top - I have never seen pretty fabric like that in my Walmart. Of course, they no longer have fabric there!
I can't wait to see your coats. I have ordered some of Amy Butler's new laminated cotton to make a rain coat. We shall see how it goes . . .
Life has been busy with the holidays and I haven't been able to sew. I seem to have made up for it with sewing plans!!

Sheila said...

Thank you for the lovely compliments. I wore the top this week with the black sweater vest & black pant. I need to take in the sleeves a tad more. Well more so at the wrist area - there is some wippling going on wherein I may have stretched it. Other than that enjoyed wearing it.

I believe my luck is running out at walmart - went there twice and left with empty hands... humbug.

Cennetta said...

Love you top, and I want your fabric. Tee Hee. I have the NL6736 pattern too. It was on the short list for my current coat project, but I decided to use another pattern. Look forward to looking your completed coat project.