Natty Netty Jasmine (and Meringue, too)
Hey hey! Guess whose post made it to the Sew Weekly yesterday? I didn’t even realize it until now. Hop on over and read about the saga of the photo shoot.
See that lamp precariously perched on my sewing table? This shot was right before it crashed to the floor. You’d think I’d have a pro set up by now. My landlady was a dream for taking the rest of the shots. And you know what? The post wasn’t even due until Monday night. The entire time I was thinking the deadline was Sunday. Derf.
Broken glass aside, I’m pretty pleased with the way this turned out. I went down to a size 4, and it fit like a dream except for the arm bands. I’ve since replaced them with a size 6 and left out the organza interfacing. Much nicer. I can move my arms without restriction, and the sleeves fall back into place when my arms rest at my sides again. The eagle-eyed among you will recognize the fabric. Yeah, yeah, it’s polyester. But there’s some serious stash-bustin’ going on here, and I love the print. It won’t be the last you see of this. I’ll still wear the muslin, though it is a bit baggy for my liking. Sarcasm in the muslin post aside, I do have a fondness for the idea of wearing it at R’s grandparents’ house. An homage of sorts, as that’s where the sheet came from.
Those same eagle-eyed folks will also notice an un-blogged Meringue skirt. I finished this up last weekend, but the only photos I had of it were going to be used for the Sew Weekly post. I made mine in a size 8, with a smidge taken off the side seams. Not keen on faced skirts, I used the tutorial for a waistband version instead. I like my skirts to feel like they’re going to stay in place, and the faced variety always seem to slide around. Well, the waistband is so narrow, and the skirt still sits below the natural waist, so that ended up being a bit of a time suck. The fact that I installed the zipper THEN remembered I was using a waistband didn’t help, either. Thus, the band doesn’t match up perfectly at the zip. For once, I can live with that.
I’ve become so accustomed to skirts (re: pencil) sitting on my natural waist, that at first I was on the fence about this. It doesn’t slip & slide around, so have since decided it’s fine. I used a black cotton twill in my stash. Boy, talk about being off-grain! No amount of thread pulling and diagonal tugging would remedy that. So, I ended up cutting less economically than usual. Better to have scrap than a scrapped skirt. Without a dark lining in sight, I found a bottle of black Rit dye in the closet for the silk habotai. I stitched the lining together, hemmed it and pinked the zipper placket prior to dyeing. Of course, I simply used the white thread in my machine, forgetting the polyester wouldn’t take the dye. Whoopsy!
The silk didn’t turn out a true black, but much better than lining a black skirt in white silk. The scallop facings are quilting cotton from my fall palette challenge. And hells no… I didn’t bother with the whole make a template thing for the stitch line. I just measured & marked, trimmed & turned. And now I have a basic black skirt, something I’ve needed for a while.
Fabric: cotton twill, $5?; silk habotai, $3; cotton facing, $1 (guesses, as all from stash)
Pattern: Meringue by Colette, $5.6 if the book price is divided by the 5 patterns enclosed
Notions: thread, fusible woven interfacing, invisible zip, Rit dye; all from stash
Time to complete: I should really start keeping track