After sewing the cotton top a while ago, I was ready for a new project. I wanted to make another top but it had to be very differernt from the one I completed before. So I decided to make a fluid, flowy, flouncy one (once again, with professional guidance).
- Pattern: Self drafted (with help)
- Size made: Customised
- Pattern pieces: 4
- Fabric: Chiffon (100% polyester), 1m length, bought from Lincraft
- New Techniques used: Making fabric flowers; Flouncey sleeves, Armhole binding
- Modifications: N/A
1> Choose material
2> Make/adapt pattern
3> Cut fabric
4> Overlock edges
5> Sew front and back pieces together
6> Attach double-layer sleeves
7> Cut then sew bias strips for neck & armhole binding, neckline and dangle ribbon
8> I was real lazy and sealed the raw edges with a candle flame. The sleeve in the picture above has been done this way. Apart from being so much easier than using techniques like “double roll, fold and sew”, it produces an organic finish.
9> With binding and neckline intact, plus the bottom hem finished
10> Time for some embellishment. Cut and make fabric flowers
11> My lovely teacher taught me this. Stitch, pull, twist, sew. Simple but effective.
12> Finished flowers ready for use
13> I chose to attach to neckline asymetrically
14> Finished! I only spent 2-3 hours per week so it took 2 months to complete this top.
15> Side detail
Note to self:
- It would look nicer in a plain fabric, but the irregular stitching and misalignments would show.
- The length’s too short, shoulders too narrow, neckline too high. Soft fabrics can afford more give. Alter that pattern next time.
- The flounce in the sleeves look uneven, because I sewed one side inside out. Oopsie….
- Chiffon is so difficult to cut, pin and sew! Grrrrrrr…
Anyway, it’s a whole new experience sewing this thing!
Edit – 12/7/2015: Here are some photos of the top being worn :)