Hello everyone! These pictures in this blog post are the best selfies that I can do with a camera and a mirror. Please be kind. I am writing this post to show you the tunic that I am wearing.
This simple sleeveless tunic is made for this wonderful 100% cotton fabric that is a bit of a coarser weave and a bit nubby. It feel like a linen weave. It sews like a dream.
This is the pattern that I used just the sleeveless top.
Now I must get back to working on the outfit that I am making to wear to that wedding. I plan to make a blog post about my progress tomorrow. I have changed the original plans that I had made for the pants again. It is definitely a work in progress.
I just thought that I would give you a quick update on the outfit that I am making to wear to my nephew’s wedding. In this picture I have finished making the top and I have finished tea dyeing it. I have not even pressed it yet. I am by no means finished with it. I will start laying out the embellishments that I would like to put on the top to see where I want everything to be placed.
The pants/trousers are still a work in progress. I am very pleased with the preliminary fit of the pants and I am going to “refine” the fit some more. After all of the alterations that I made to the pattern for the pants, I can not express the feeling of satisfaction that I have.
I think that I may seem like I am making slow progress on this outfit but I have been busy with getting everything settled in my new workshop. Let me show you a picture.
This sure doesn’t look like much does it? My husband and I have done a lot of work though. There is more in there that you can not see. Just this past Sunday my husband was running the electric wires from the electric pole to the workshop. I just helped pull the wires through the pipe. Let me say though that I was certainly supervising.
This is a photo of one of the side seams. This is a straight stitch for stretch knits on my machine. It looks like I have finally got the tension just right. I must say that I am very impressed with how easily my machine sews this fabric. It is very smooth and I did not encounter any problems.
These are the different stitches that I have to choose from on my Singer sewing machine. The stitches in red are the stretch stitches. I also used a size 12 ballpoint needle that is specifically for stretch knits.
When it came to the casing for the elastic I stitched the seam allowances down that would be in the casing to allow a bit more ease when running the elastic through.
Another one of the many things that I have learned on this project is that it is easier to pin the fabric going with the grain/knit rather than trying to pin across it.
I hope that it is not too difficult to see this stitching. I did not want to do a boring straight stitch so I used a more decorative stitch for the hem and the casing. It won’t stand out because the thread is matching but it was another opportunity for me to use another stitch on this project.
This is my finished project and I am so very pleased with it. I do plan on making many more garments out of stretch knit fabric. I just don’t have anymore. Voguefashionfabric.com here I come!
I had a tunic that I made, a great wooden stamp that I purchased from a shop on Etsy and some fabric ink. What am I going to do with this? Hmmmmmm. What pattern on the tunic? I would like to show you what I came up with.
This is the front view. The tunic was white but it is so difficult to keep a white garment white that I tea dyed it. Then I mixed two colors of fabric ink together, green and metallic bronze. I used the brayer to apply the ink to the stamp and I got busy.
This is the left side.
This is the back view. I don’t think that I did too much. This definitely adds interest to the tunic. At least I think so.