Actually, this is another of those hard-to-use fabrics that has been in my stash for ages. And it’s an ITY knit to boot. Silky, smooth, and slippery. After I made my first Simplicity 2031 maxi dress in the black and white abstract print ITY, my confidence level went up. So I gave this a go.
Unlike the abstract print, this one was a bit of a beast to place and cut. It has so many shapes and patterns going on…but I love it.
As with my first version, I sewed the size 12, with about 4.5″ additional length in the sleeve.
A little tip. If you decide to do this in a knit – the pattern suggests woven fabrics, but, hey, that’s their opinion. All three of the ones I’ve sewn are in a knit fabric.
It’s a good idea to reinforce the first 5″ of the upper sleeve seam, neckline out across the shoulder, to stabilize it. I used a lightening/elastic stitch to sew the seam. And then I sewed a 5″ long piece of 1/4″ twill tape inside the seam allowance as below.
And serged/cut the seam allowance at 3/8″ to finish, from neckline to the end of the sleeve. A steam press to turn the SA to the back, and I felled the entire seam.
The result is a stabilized shoulder and a very comfortable finish on the inside.
Now – those other curiosities.
(1) I just noticed how much red I have in my hair. I just used a new hair dye called ‘high-lift brown’. Not sure what that’s all about but it’s weird! Call it holiday hair. I would love natural, light red hair. Failing that, I’m going to try some other color. No, not blue, as least not for now. Well, maybe a blue streak?
(2) I upgraded to Windows 10 on my laptop back when it came out. And it is a nightmare. I’ve been using Chrome as my web browser. and it just putters along under Windows 10. And Windows 10 is like Big Brother – do this, not that, use this, sorry you can’t use that. I’ve done everything I can to fix it (gosh, I have a B.S. computer science, I should be able to do something about it…). But I’m done with it. I’m on Firefox at the moment, but I’m thinking I’ll treat myself to a MAC laptop for Christmas. I have an iMac, which does not fit on my lap! but it’s a great computer. Fast, clean, edgy. And I have Firefox on it already. So – I think I’m done with having a Windows laptop.
I just can’t stand the imposed aggravation! It’s like having Windows police in my living room!