Tuesday, June 25, 2013

CR, One More Time!

Last week I wore my Cynthia Rowley tops to work and made a decision. I will make my wedding top, the one using the 3-D pink georgette, out of this TNT pattern, Simp 2192   . I won't use the wing sleeved number I was considering. First, this is a  TNT. I know it fits, no messing with that. Next, I love the bateau neckline and 3/4 sleeves. Also, it's simplicity will really let the fabric shine, my goal. So it was a no brainer decision. Let's get started:

I cut the fabric out on the cross grain. This was to take advantage of the plain fabric border on the sleeve hems and bottom hem.
 
All seams are French seams. They are coming out better than I thought, given the bulk the 3D business can add. 
 
This is the armscye seam that you see above, inside and out. It really didn't take much effort, just your basic French seam. 

For the hems I will use the Kenneth King method. Not sure about that bateau neckline yet though. I do know it won't have the facing the pattern comes with. Maybe a tiny bias binding will do. I will do some experimenting first. 

I have been thinking of also making a simple jacket out of the same linen as the pants. You just never know what the weather will be or if we encounter a cool restaurant either. We will see how my time works out. The wedding is August 4th. 

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Well, my Sure Fit Design project sure has been a fun one, particularly with the input from all of you, dear readers. I will get those muslins totally done and will wear them. I will consider the tan pants my Marlene Dietrich trousers. They could look great with a super white shirt and belt. I think my recent white up-cycle top, again the CR design, would look great with the icy pants. So I will get wear from both. I can't wait to start my linen pants. They won't be lined but will have Hong Kong seams. More to come!.......Bunny


16 comments:

  1. It's going to be beautiful Bunny!

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  2. that fabric is fascinating and I can't wait to see the final result. very lovely for summer.

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  3. Good choice to go for simple design and tnt. It was interesting to see your pants results. Liked the first pair best. Nice to be able to wear them both.

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  4. Underling your linen pants might cut back on the wrinkling and you could have faux french seaming.

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  5. I'm a pink kinda girl, so I'm lov'n it already! But, that 3D detail is gorgeous, I can't wait to see the finished results!

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  6. Such beautiful fabric! The 3-D aspect really makes it extra special. I think your decision to make a simple pattern and let the fabric speak is the perfect idea. And I was very glad to see a photo of french seams for the armscye. I have thought of doing that several times, but chickened out. Now that I know you can do it, I plan to try it! I will look forward to more details as you complete this top!

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    1. The trick is trimming back right up to the stitching and then making the second pass really narrow. It takes a few samples to figure out how to end up with the 5/8 seam allowance when done. I use a 1.5 stitch length too, because of the narrowness. I don't think it would work too well with a sleeve with a lot of ease but this one is a dropped shoulder. We do use this in heirloom sewing for children with those puffy little sleeves, however. In that case you want all the gathers so it's OK.

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    2. Thanks so much for these extra hints. Very helpful!

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  7. That is absolutely luscious fabric, Bunny & I love what you're doing with it. Very smart thinking to utilize the blank areas for the sleeve & bottom hems. I never would have thought of that!

    I truly look forward to seeing this entire outfit completed. I bet you get tons of compliments & can just imagine the shock when you mention that you made it all yourself!!

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  8. I totally agree with your strategy - a simple pattern for a complicated (gorgeous) fabric. It's going to be beautiful! But I'm curious: what is the KK hem method? I love all things Kenneth!

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    1. Clio, on the right in the side bar you will see my tutes. There is one that says "KKing Tiny Hem". He brilliantly showed how to do tiny hems on the Threads site and this is my interpretation. Love his abilities!

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  9. Wow. I am truly in awe of your expertise and creativity! How do you find time to do this fine couture and work?

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    1. I think the fabric has you fooled into thinking this is couture work but this is a basic top with basic French seams. Let's see if I can fool others!

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    2. Just wanted to add that my hubby is doing better and I am finding more time for my passion, sewing. I am so thankful for that. I've also picked up a good habit of going to my cave at least a half hour a day, even if it is way before work or way after. I have to peel myself out of the chair sometimes to get to work!

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  10. look forward to seeing this - pretty fabric

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