Hi guys! I made a black thing! Yeah, I know, why would I make something so hard to photograph?? And besides, black isn’t really my thing. However, the dress code at my new work place is black (ugh), so I will probably be making a few black things. Not the most exciting…sooo, sorry in advance. But hey, there are some upsides. Black can be a good canvas to experiment on – if a design still manages to be interesting when made in black fabric, then it’s probably pretty good!
The pattern is a vintage ‘Style’ pattern from the 1970s.
The first thing I’m really happy with is my bust darts! The first time I made this pattern up, I did it as per the pattern, with gathers sewn to a stay at centre front. It didn’t look very good though, in my opinion. Just kind of puffy and not cute. I thought it would look better as pleats or darts. So I took my original toile, which I’d kept, and re-draped it on my little body-double mannequin. I was unsure of how they’d turn out, but I’m so happy, they turned out just right!! I was worried they’d end up pointy or in the wrong place, but it totally worked.
I also altered the shoulder seam, but I didn’t do as good a job on this, because I added to the front only, which moved the shoulder seam backwards (this is obvious in hindsight, but at the time I was only focusing on the shoulder shaping!).
OK, so I must admit I rushed this project a little, which didn’t add up to the greatest result. My neckline binding isn’t the most beautiful thing I’ve ever done (a bit crooked!)
Also, the back yoke seam didn’t take to the gathers too well. Sometimes I find that lightweight fabrics stretch out and warp when you try to gather things onto them. I wonder if applying a light fusing or tape along the seam first would stabilise it to make the gathering better? Has anyone else experienced this?
The underarm area is definitely the most annoying part to sew, and I am still wondering what the best way to do that is. I remember it being even more annoying last time, since I used french seams, and I had to clip into the corner where the yoke seam meets the armscye. I hate clipping into things; I try to avoid it!
The fabric is a silk/modal blend, which has a lovely drape but is as persnickety as you’d imagine.
Next time I would want to raise the neckline a lot – I’m not one for deep V-necks! I just don’t think they suit me. In fact V-necks in general are not my thing.
I’m sort of on the fence about making another. I like a lot of the details, so we’ll have to see!