3/13/10

Burn-Out w/ New Look 6407

 Fulton Fabric caters to home dec sewists, carrying a large inventory of upholstery fabric, drapery fabric, soft-washed fabrics, outdoor fabric, trims and more. Amongst their large inventory of home dec fabrics there is a tiny selection of apparel fabrics and each time I'd stop by I would reprimand them for not having a larger selection of apparel fabrics, of course it fell on deaf ears.   At the same time I understood why they had a tiny selection of apparel fabric due to Sav-a-thon at one time being right across the street from them, which carried a huge inventory of apparel fabric & craft paraphernalia, but Sav-a-thon vacated their location and relocated way across yonder over a year ago. 

Fulton Fabrics is conveniently located in a shopping district and is easily accessible via various trains and buses, which for me is primo, just 2 stops from my job.  I started schlepping to Fulton Fabrics often since Sav-a-thon was no longer there and wondering why they had not increased their stock of apparel fabrics. 

Again each time I visited I would bombard the sales clerk with my rant about more apparel fabrics and specifically about bringing in knits and that they would do well and yada yada yada.  The sales clerk did mention early on that apparel fabric did not do well in there, but I continued on that  that was due to Sav-a-thon, and they are no longer there.  Several times while at Fulton Fabrics I would overhear customers asking about apparel fabric and if there is another fabric store in the immediate area. Of course, I would ease on into the conversation and tell the customer about Sav-a-thon's new location, which is way over yonder and not convenient to get to.


During another visit and before I could begin my rant, the sales clerk informed me that the owner was in the store and to speak to him about what I wanted.  I told the sales clerk its not just for me, but the other sewists that come in here too.  I finally spoke to the owner and mentioned to him that since Sav-a-thon is no longer across the street, he should really bring in more apparel fabrics, and how knits are very popular.  I continued on about this and that and this and that and he just said ok..

I did my ususal drive-by visit and as usual walked through the store feeling fabrics as I went along.  Several women were posturing in front of  bolts of fabric and I kindly squeezed between them and  what did I see and feel... stretchy fabric.  With my big mouth, I said FINALLY!   It took almost a year for it to get here.

There were 8 knit fabric bolts and I left the store 9 yards happier.  Six of the 8 bolts were solid knits and 2 were prints and I immediately took a liking to one of the printed knits  - a red/black burn-out fabric, which the sales clerk mentioned was a rayon/poly knit. 



I only purchased 2 yards, but knew I had to work it up quickly and paired it with New Look 6407, which is a repeat pattern



Although the pattern calls for woven fabrics like cotton, chambray, poplin, etc.,  I was compelled to try it using the rayon/poly knit.  The garment actually went together better than I thought it would since I was fretting about going against the fabric preference. 

I did Version A, and the only alteration I did was lengthen the sleeve and omitted the sleeve band. 


To ensure the collar stood correctly, I used a heavier interfacing and used the same interfacing for the front facings as well.

 

When I'd finished sewing the back to the front pieces I tried it on and asked my daughter what did she think... her words were ... "umm yeah ma, what comes to mind is morbid"... I immediately left the room mumbling that kids have to much crust between theirs eyes and too much wax between their ears.  The next day - she peeked into my sewing room and saw me working on it again and briefly mentioned "ummm yeah... its still morbid...lol

Well... here is Morbid all Sewn Up




Here is another view of Morbid

I really like the neckline of this blouse which  I think is more feminine compared to my traditional button-up blouses. Also the front and back darts adds shaping so that  it can be worn outside with a belt. This is a great pattern and I think it's perfect for beginners, I will say that the pattern reads easy, but its not quick. I worked on this blouse over a few days.

34 comments:

HomeJewel said...

You can call it Morbid, but I would prefer to call it a Knockout. LOVE it!!

Ma'at said...

can you adopt me please... and unlike your actual daughter I think that blouse is fantastic it looks good

Sue said...

That is a really attractive pattern and works beautifully in that fabric! (Morbid... what do they know!... lol!)

Victoria said...

I love the fabric used for this blouse. It's such a bold statement and very flattering on you!!!

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

I love Morbid! That collar rocks. It is so stand-up and perfect. You look great - the whole look.

Knitaholictoo said...

I actually have an ufo in that pattern. It look great in the knit fabric!

eword10 said...

I call this inspired. I would never have been brave enough to experiment like this, but now I might even consider it. I love it. Gorgeous!

Lori said...

Not Morbid and all, I would call it Incredible. Great job.

Cas... said...

MORBID! LOL! That's a good one. But it turned out wonderfully!

Keep up the good work!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

It looks beautiful on you, and it is very flattering. The color and print is very rich looking.

How nice when you find more than one fabric that you like and have to
buy :) Hopefully they will continue to bring in apparel fabrics.

Andrea said...

The children of today are something else. If had listen to DD you would have missed out on making an amazing top. It looks fabulous on you.

That last photo says Girl, please!! I know I look good. Now I need a matching blazer to rock this on Monday ;)

Jacquirocks said...

It is just lovely and goes together with the pants nicely.

Annece & Melodye said...

DD can call it what she wants to, but that top is gorgeous!!! I love the way you've accessorized it. Another winner for sure!!

Dana said...

Just gorgeous! I have that pattern too and have kept for the same reasons you mentioned. Nice!

Jackie said...

I LOVE it! The collar looks fabulous, you look great!

alethia said...

Girlllllll! you look fabulous, I love the fabric and the color is superbbbbbb

Sheila said...

Thank You for the Awesome compliments.

My daughter finally saw the finished blouse and gave me a thumbs up. I usually make headbands from the scraps leftover from garments I make and asked her if she wanted a headband from it. She responded ummm yeah.... about that No Thanks. Proceeded to remind me that Spring is near and why do I continue to sew garments in such dark colors.

All I could say was out-of-the mouths of babes...ooops I mean teenagers...lol

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

ummmm, my 21yr old looked at it and said this is perfect for work...which I totally agree with! Glad they are finally carrying apparel fabric at your favorite spot.

gwensews said...

Morbid is just beautiful. It looks terrific on you and really nice with black pants. Nice job!

mary Sarah said...

Wow! What a great new blouse! Very sharp!

Handmade said...

Good for you!Persisting with your fabric requests - you did it!!! Don't ask your daughter for future comments - it's a smash! Love it!!!

Aminat said...

Sheila, honestly go can really combine any pattern with any fabric so well, this is not an exception...Absolutely stunning

Opal said...

Another nice top to add to the work wardrobe.... Love the fabric also....

Faye Lewis said...

I like your new blouse, looks really classy to me.

Lynnelle said...

think your top looks great! Good idea to use a knit.

Carol said...

There's nothing morbid about this at all, you look incredible in that colour! It's a really stylish and sophisticated look.

Linda said...

Looks like you had good success with this blouse. I like it and looks flattering on you.

Kathi said...

Well, I disagree with your daughter. I think it is very pretty!!

NGLaLALa said...

I also disagree with your daughter! It looks great! :)

Bonne said...

Turned out gorgeous! Has a hint of a "goth" (not morbid), and it's classy as all get out.

Monique said...

Very smart looking!

Lina said...

Morbid or not,but it looks gorgeous.You look great!

~ Kimberlee B ~ said...

Ok sexy, don't hurt 'em! Thanks for your comments girl. I'm so glad I could help, now you owe me one....I need someone to teach me how to knit!

Melodye said...

Sheila, the first time we went we drove. We sandwiched the trip between weekends and the 4th. It's about a 4 day round trip, but we also took it easy. It's doable!