A week or sew ago I got all excited about this new pattern from Linda MacPhee.
This pattern is sew new, it’s not even on Linda’s website. (yet) (At the time of writing this)
Sew, I had this piece of stretchy burnout lace in a burgandy colour in my secret stash. It’s lightweight and thin, but with my trusty serger at hand I decided to brave the challenge.
First I traced my pattern onto a folded piece of paper sew that I could open out the piece of fabric and cut two backs at the same time. Which is what I did after pinning the pattern to the fabric. My assistant, Rock, is very helpful and is making sure a big wind doesn’t come up and blow my pattern away.
I then separated one piece and re-cut the front neckline. The pattern has a few options for the neckline, but keep in mind that you can always cut it deeper. I chose the lower neckline, ’cause summer’s coming. You can see the chalk mark on the picture below.
I used my rotary cutter to cut a bunch of one inch wide strips of fusible knit interfacing, across the grain. This product comes in white and black, and I use it for lots of other applications, too.
I used a hot steamy iron to fuse the interfacing to the inside of both the front and back of the neckline. Because it’s stretchy, I could ease it to the rounded shape. If your piece is too short, just overlap a new piece by about 1/4 inch and carry on. You can see the join on the bottom piece.
I set my trusty Husqvarna Viking 200S serger for a 4 thread overlock and joined both shoulders. I also finished off the neckline with the same stitch.
Then, with a wooly nylon in the upper looper, I used a 3 thread rolled edge to finish the sleeve bottoms and the sides and bottom hem of the front and back. Here’s a great opportunity to show off you cornering skills!
ps, my serger loves me. Notice that I have the needle thread wrapped around the needle. I figured it would break partway through, AND IT DIDN’T!!!!!
Back to 4-thread overlock for the side-seams. I fixed the needle thread.
Now to the sewing machine. I turned a double hem to the inside and top-stitched it into place, using the “lightening stitch” on my Husqvarna Royale.
A light press and voila, it’s finished. Took me a bit longer than 2 hours, even with Rock’s help, and that included stopping to take lots of pictures.
I’m going to make more of these, they’re very flattering and over a pair of leggings, I actually feel a bit thinner, lol.
I’d love to see your comments on this post, are you going to make one, or two, or three?