Happy Saturday All,
I can't believe I slept most of the day away, well at least the afternoon away, a clear sign I was exhausted after a heavy work week.
Feeling refreshed, I tackled my second Carnival of Skirts project, another McCalls 3830. There was no if and or but about using M3830 again. The fabric that I selected for skirt #2 is a soleil embroidered faux leather that I have had for a while now. Initially, it was pegged for a handbag and then pillows for my couch, but as you guessed the project was put on the back burner. In the process of organizing my fabric, I was reacquainted with it and just in time for Faye's sew along.
The faux leather can best be described as a retro print with colorful threads embroidered into circles over a saddle brown background.
A print of this magnitude requires a simple pattern and M3830 is perfect. Here it is with the back seamed and waiting for zipper insertion.
The center back raw edges serged and ironed open. (used an ironing cloth over the faux leather, full steam ahead, ironed over it to force the serged edges to lay flat.
Inserted the zipper which was a pain because the fabric started warping as I machine stitched.
View of the underside with zipper and in my haste applied the fusible strip to the wrong side of the zipper, duh! At first I thought my sewing machine was bucking because of the felt back, then remembered that I fused adhesive to the wrong side, which was the actual culprit causing the feed dog to struggle to move the fabric. Had to place scrap fabric over the zipper then iron over it to remove the adhesive.
With that taken care of I moved on to attaching the waistband facing, clipped the waistband's raw edges with the pinking shears and hand stitched to the lining as well the lining to the zipper tape.
Have a Great Weekend and for those in the eye of Hurricane Sandy... stay safe.