Friday, February 10, 2012

Butterick B5215

Finally, I have started sewing for myself.  I have been looking at this top for over a year.  My sewing mojo for myself has been gone for 16 years!  I'm not sure that it is back, but due to necessity, ie., no clothes, no money to buy clothes, nothing fits., etc.....yadda yadda yadda,  I've had to start sewing.

I have a piece of navy blue rib knit that I decided to use for a muslin.   I have to remind you that I'm a large when I tried to determine what size to make, I range between 4 sizes..   I guess I'm a pear.
But I buy 3x in the stores (mostly) and Connie Crawford's patterns are supposed to be RTW sizing, so I took it at face value and traced off the 3X.   Cold turkey!  Much to my amazement, it fits!  I only have to make a sloping shoulder adjustment about 1/2 inch and it seems to fit pretty good.  As soon as I get the sleeves in, I'll take pics.  Just fair warning,  it an't gonna be a pretty site.

I just needed a starting point and I guess I guessed lucky!

Since the pattern indicated it wasn't suitable for stripes, of course, what do I use,  rib knit that is striped (all one color of course),  But it doesn't look bad.  At least not to me. 

The quandry I am in now, is how to finish the neckline.  I do not like the binding they put on.  I am hoping that i can take wonder under and press down the serged neckline 3/8 inch and use a twin needle to top stitch it into place.  I just wonder if it will be stable enough?   I guess the only way to find out is to do it.   I've also thought about making a facing, but then wonder if I need fusible knit interfacing, or if regular fusible interfacing will work.   It has been so very long since I've sewn garments, other than infant and children wear.  I've posted the question at and hopefully, someone will answer.

I have enough denim to make a skirt to go with it and hopefully will get this all done by the end of the weekend as I would like to wear it to work on Monday.  I'm grateful it fit so I dont have to toss the fabric, but it wasn't expensive when I bought it umpteen years ago, so it wouldn't have been a huge loss.   I know you aren't supposed to count on your muslins to be wearable muslins, but hey, if they do.....BONUS!

Hopefully I can upload pictures on it tomorrow and do a review.

The next item I will make is a hot pink one.  I picked up a really nice poly/cotton blend knit at Joann's last week.  On sale it was 6.99 a yard.  I remember the days when 6.99 was so expensive, now it's normal.  How sad. 

Then I will trace off the pattern Burda 8108.  I fell in love with this pattern.  I have a black poly;/linen blend that I got from two years ago.  I bought a great quantity so I could use as a muslin then for the real thing.  It was a very low price, can't remember, but reasonable.  So tomorrow, I am washing that fabric, then one night next week I will trace the jacket.  The pink knit top will go under it, as black isn't my best color, but now that my hair is all white, it doesn't look too bad.
Here is a picture of that pattern.
I've finally gotten my act together and have found a program that is working for me on losing weight.  I am doing the 30 Day diabetic cure.   So I thought this would be a good outfit to wear while I'm losing.  I hope.

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