Saturday, November 20, 2010
Pattern Manipulations, part two
I chose the neck facing in size 18W, and it worked pretty well. It was about an inch too large, but just deepening the shoulder seams a little until it fit evenly worked just fine. After all, the neck opening is as simple as it gets with just a circular opening....no squares, no points, so offsets....just straight forward sewing. I did a little experimenting at this point with different stretch stitches. I had been using stitch #30 in the construction, when I sewed the hem of the back facing, it made the hem "lettuce" too much.
I must say, I really like this fabric. I bought it online from Lucy's Fabric two years ago, and it's been sitting in my stash waiting for me to take the plunge and decide to cut into it. This is a modal fabric which I understand to be a fiber from the beech tree and a form of rayon. It's a 4-way jersey which has a rayon feel, and it has a nice tight knit. It drapes nicely and even though it's been folded all these years, each crease has fallen out without seeing an iron yet. Sadly, Lucy's has stopped stocking fabric and is geared mostly to trims, now. But, I'll definitely look for more modal like this again.