Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sewin' shirts, sewin' shirts!

Hello lovely people.

This past week I've been making progress on flushing out my wardrobe by making some more blouses. I recently completed the flower lawn, and even the flower lawn from the vintage cotton.

It was then that I decided to make one from some 40s rayon I've had in my stash for the longest time.
These tops were so much more delicate than a lot of my other garments. I did a lot more hand sewing on them, plus a lot of bias taping. 

For the vintage rayon, I had to be extra careful. One reason was with ironing. 

Vintage rayon is the most flammable fabric I've ever worked with! I sprayed it with water then used a pressing cloth and a low iron to get it straight before cutting.

I hung the yardage to dry because it wrinkled up pretty fierce when I sprayed it and I wanted to make sure I was even when cutting, so I wanted it to be completely dry. As I was working on it progressively I used a dry iron and a pressing cloth.

I actually cut this one a bit too large and had to take it in on the side about 3/4". Some other details I did was add some cotton tape on the waist seam for reinforcement because I did't want to do a top stitch from the outside.

 I also added trim tape across the bottom hem.
I really like the drape of this fabric. It's a shame they don't make it like this anymore.

I have one more cut out that I'm going to finish this week and them I think I'm moving on to skirts. Yay!

I leave you with the first 'mate from my plant this summer. Not very large, but it was gewd.
have a great day!!


Valerie said...

Lovely tops--I know you'll look lovely in them. Hope you are having a great day!

Robin said...

You've been busy! Beautiful blouses. Love the prints and fabrics. I have something similar on my cue for next week. I learn a lot through your blog.

motorharp said...

All your tops are inspiring and look so great!

Kendra said...

What pattern did you use for your tops? I love it! So flattering!

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