I’m on my way to an ‘outfit’ – skirt and top.
Rather than talk about 2 garments in one post, I thought I’d just focus on the top this morning. Another Trio, in a nice metallic pin dot quilting cotton from JoAnns. Pin dots are favorites around here for lining bags and pouches, and adding contrast binding and waistbands. I used to have this fabric in lime and purple, long gone, and had just enough of the rust to make a Trio top.
This fabric really showcases the back inset detail (so so pretty)…
This time I kept some notes and pics from the construction process, techniques that can carry over to many patterns.
- That collar – Linda Lee suggests making a template to draw the tricky ends of the collar stand and ensure they are the same when sewn. Great idea! I drew this template straight off the pattern, and I kept it for future use.
- Sewing the curved hem – here’s a look at hem allowance in the side seam area. My first step was to re-shape the hem allowance to allow for the turn, but I wasn’t done. Note the resulting bubble at the fold line – if not resolved, this little bit of excess would bunch up inside the hem.
So I clipped it out…
These two little fixes provide a nice smooth hem.
- Finishing the interfacing at the hemline – the pattern says to turn up the hem inclusive of the interfacing. I just don’t like how that looks! so I always turn the interfacing to the right side, sew it just below the hem line, and turn it back out for a nice clean finish.
This is a casual shirt, so of course I just topstitched the hem 🙂
Next up, a skirt to go with the top. I’ll post it as soon as I feel like putting on lipstick and combing my hair for pics!
Parting shot from my sewing room in the wee hours this morning – April the giraffe keeping me company.
Bye for now! Coco