7/22/13

Purple Splattered Rain

.. that's what came to mind as I worked up another New Look 6915 in a purple printed chiffon this weekend.

I normally, prepare my clothes the night before for work, but last Thursday I was too lazy and woke up Friday morning in search of something to wear.  Of course, I wanted to wear something light & airy as I was out and about in New York's persistent heat wave.  Pulled out the yellow/pink NL6915 as well as a pair of beige linen pants... perfect combo right.   Proceeded to iron and ....

as I am ironing, my thoughts started fidgeting over how to wear the blouse, I didn't want to wear a belt nor did I want to wear the blouse loosely over my pants.  My mind jingled for a minute thinking what could I do with this top at 6:00am.  Just think of someone pulling out their keys and all the keys are jingling as the person looks for the one key to unlock the front door... jingling... jingling...jingling.  An idea clicked in the tumbler of my brain, teetered on a chair to pull down my box of 1/4" elastic, next put the blouse on and lightly marked for placement, laid the garment on my cutting table and with ruler in hand marked a horizontal straight line front/back.



Turned on the sewing machine and immediately paused as I hear the microwave beeping, indicating my guy is preparing breakfast and looked at the time 6:30am.  I should have been dressed & putting on my makeup.  I counted to five waiting for him to shout out that my breakfast was ready.... which he did.  Yelled back that I was coming down... instead sat at the machine and attached the elastic using a zig-zag stitch with the width at 4.1 and the length at 1.4.   In just a few minutes I was finished.  Immediately got dressed and was happy with the spur of the moment sewing.  Throughout the day, I marveled at how much I liked the lightly gathered waist on the top and vowed to sew one over the weekend.



Well, Saturday morning found me cutting, and sewing up another one and incorporating the elastic waist detail.  Simple and just what I wanted, something to add a lil shaping at the waist.



Construction of this top is super easy especially with the cut on sleeves, front & back pieces are serged, marked for the elastic, zig-zag the elastic on, used steam-a-seam for the neckline, sleeve edges and hemline... and done.   Okay... not that fast, finishing the neckline, sleeves & hemline takes a lil time.
 I may have mentioned that I love steam-a-seam, especially when I need to finish a neckline on a woven top, it gives the perfect finishing touch.  In the past I would serge the raw edges of the neckline, sleeves & hemline and fold to the inside and final stitch. With steam-a-seam in my life, now I just continue to stay stitch around the neckline, leaving the edges raw, apply the steam-a-seam to the right side of the neckline and slowly fold 1/4" in twice, sealing in the raw edge, then final stitch.



However, there is one lil pesky problem I continue to have with dolman sleeve hems.  When I finish the sleeve hems, I am left with a lil flip on the sleeve hem (which is really noticeable in the pic above).  For the life of me I can't get rid of it, its like the fabric is flipping me the bird.  

Does any one have a solution to this problem  or am I the only one?

Until then...

Have a Great Day.

12 comments:

Irene said...

Another brilliant idea! The "cinched" waist makes this look completely different from the previous tops.
As for you "flip problem". Hard to tell from a picture, but it could be either a too-tight tension in the shoulder seam, or it could be the that the hem is too thick (you did say you used steam-a-seam?). Could be something else altogether. Don't worry about it - until you mentioned it, I didn't even notice it, and I'm sure that others will tell you the same thing.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

No ideas on the dolman issue, but I love the idea of tweaking a shirt before you go to work! You're crazy!

velosewer said...

Both tops are perfect in styling and colour. As for the flipping, will the flip flop once it's been washed?
You always look stylish.

Sheila said...

Thank you Irene. Yes I used steam-a-seam and folded the hemline in 1/4" twice.

Sheila said...

Thanks Sister, I am notorious for doing quick refashions in the morning. Yes totally crazy.

Sheila said...

Thanks Maria, the top has been washed twice. I guess I will continue thinking of it as a designer element....lol.

GodsgirlT said...

Hahahaha....I'm right there with you - great story telling - and, as always, another fabulous top...tops...(I can hardly keep up), added to your wardrobe!

Sheila said...

Thanks GodsgirlT, one can never have too many tops... right. .lol.

Angie Norman said...

Beautiful top! Goes to show that the right fabric can make the simplest pattern look GREAT!

Angie Norman said...

Love the top! Beautiful fabric. Sometimes you can let the fabric do the talking with the simplest of patterns!

c-ing said...

Beautiful. Your adrenaline was in high gear to have performed a sewing task while on the clock. As to your flip on the dolman sleeve,(I'm not a real sewer)have you tried sewing into the seam a strip of that plastic type binding that's used at the shouldres of knit sweaters and blouses. Sorry but I don't know what it's called Like I said, I'm not a sewer but I like to pretend I am. :)

Adelaide B said...

I get that little flip too. Drives me crazy! (Love the blouse!)