Thursday, November 18, 2010

How to Draft Bust Darts, Please.

Here is a picture of me this weekend after drafting and redrafting the bust darts in the bodice of my Peter Pan collared dress.

Well, not exactly... but I felt a little like this! It's actually an image taken from this 1950's advertisement for Edrisal:

Codeine? Make mine a double!

Anyhow, I'm off to do a little research on the drafting of bust darts. 

I'll let you know what I find.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Finished Project: Boatneck Top

Here is the boatneck top I wrote about here. I struggled with this much more than I had anticipated, mostly due to the stretchiness of the knit I was working with. I remember reading somewhere to avoid knits that rolled at the edges. Next time I'll be sure to heed that warning!

For a while I thought the neckline would look more like this:

than this:

I ended up reinforcing a strip of fabric with fusible interfacing facing and using it to enclose the raw edge of the neckline.

Here it is stitched and notched before I turned it under. 

The hem is a little wonky as well, but overall, I like how it fits, and I'll probably use the pattern I drafted as a starting point for my next project.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Up Next: Peter Pan Collar

I'll be posting soon on the boatneck top I wrote about here. In the meantime, I've been thinking about my next project. Here's a rough sketch of what I have in mind:

I'd definitely like to try a Peter Pan collar, possibly with some corded piping on its edges. I'm not quite sold on the fabric, though. I like the blue/brown combo, but I'm wondering if the print will be a little too rowdy. Let's take a closer look:

Does it make you think "70s maternity dress?" Not exactly the look I'm going for.

Maybe if I lose the sleeves?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Completed Project #2: Alabama Bag

Here is the completed canvas tote with knit applique I wrote about here. The floral design comes from a stencil I downloaded from the Alabama Chanin website.

Here are some close ups of the stitches. I used plain old sewing thread instead of embroidery floss. You can see a few stray pencil marks where I traced the template.