Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I want to wish the most amazing mother in the whole world a happy mother's day!!


Oh yes, I'm basing this week's outfit on this amazing pink suit.   Beautiful!

A big thank you to the Pin Queen and to Steph from 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World for advice on working with this unknown fabric.  I started the underlining process and let me say it behaves SO MUCH better with underlining.
I'm underlining it in a fabric that I've had in my stash that is also a mystery fabric.  It's also soft and has very good drape without being too stretchy.


I also did as Steph suggested and used a piece of fabric to test out how it behaves (in this case, I just used an extra bodice front piece).  The easiest way to explain how this fabric behaves is a mix between silk and knit.  It's so soft but also likes to shift around (the underlining helps with this).  Despite the loose weave, there is no stretch on the grainline.

I thought this would be the project where I finally learned how to do a bound buttonhole.  But after giving it a go, I've decided that I'm going to do a regular buttonhole that is extra reinforced.  For two reasons, I'm not super comfortable with bound buttonholes and this fabric is extra difficult because it is so soft.  I did try out a bound buttonhole and a regular buttonhole and the regular one looks just fine.

I will, however, get a go at bound buttonholes as the dress pattern I've picked out to sew for this next weekend's meet-up has quite a few bound buttonholes! phew! Best get on it...I've got two dresses to finish before next Saturday :)

I was super excited to hear that a few of you also have this fabric in your stash (Pin Queen and Suzie from Su Sews So-So) and Kristin from Snake Oil Sewing just picked up this exact same pattern at a flea market.  Isn't it fun when you see the same vintage pattern being made up by someone? Or the same fabric?

5 comments:

  1. can not wait to see your outfit.

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  2. Wow, that is one beautiful suit on your mom. Great fabric choice for your version.

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  3. Your mom is really chic in that photo!!
    So Jackie O.!

    I would like to sew a suit for me too,but I don't have time in these days....>___< I want a 36 hours-day!

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  4. Thanks everyone!

    Alice: I so want a 36 hour day too...or better yet, a pause button where everything stops but I can still keep sewing...hehehehe

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I read each and every comment--thank you so much!

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