...can you believe that today was the first day of school here in my county? Two months of summer flew right on by so today buses rolled, and bells rang as we embarked upon a brand new school term.
Even though school has started, temperatures still exceed 100 degrees everyday, so I guess I'm still sewing for summer. I don't feel I got nearly enough summer sewing done over the past couple of months, so I guess I won't officially begin Fall sewing until September 1st. I just can't fathom pulling out wools, corduroy, or double knits right now anyways.
Since I hadn't gotten around to making my two traditional tunics of the summer, this weekend I worked on Butterick 5496.
It's a simple tunic pattern with several variations. I made View B (round neck with front tie),
|Open seam sleeve detail|
- lengthened the sleeve about 3 inches, and
- incorporated some of the sleeve design of View D.
- fabric used: chiffoney print from Hancock's although I saw the same fabric at Joann's
Sewing this fabric was no walk in the park. It's slippery and slidey if you get my drift. At first I thought that simply serging the hems, turning up and stitching would be a quick and sufficient finish; but alas this proved results that I just couldn't live with. This fabric does not lend it's self to successful un-stitching. I had to go back in add Steam-A-Seam over all my stitched hems, and turn up and stitch again to satisfy myself.
After finishing my top, I noticed that Erica Bunker had just posted a silk chiffon tunic on her blog where she mentioned using Sullivan's Fabric Stabalizer when working with this type fabric. I made a trip to Hancock's and found the product there. Too late for this top, but I wanted to have it on hand for the next time I pull more of this type fabric from my stash.
Next up for me: It's back to Pant Making 101.
What's on your sewing table?????