Le me start by saying, despite the fact Look cannot catch me smiling, I love this set!
I don’t wear a lot of red. Probably because when I a kid the mean girls always said nasty things about people with red hair wearing red garments. They also didn’t like pink with red, yet you can clearly see the pink in the print of the blouse. It looks lovely. Later in life, like when I was about 40, I learned it wasn’t “red” that was the problem. It is the shade of red you choose. So I slowly started letting reds creep into my stash. Now I have a small stack. But that didn’t inspire this set. No it was Ebay. Sigh, I’ve gone down the rabbit hole on Ebay. The one which captures items with the search parameter of trims or embellishments. I saw this particular neckline, the first day it was listed on Ebay:
Didn’t buy it then. Didn’t even put it on my “watch”list. But Ebay noticed and kept putting it up on the side as still available. Finally on the last day, I bid. And won. It was even more beautiful in my hands than on the screen or even the pic above. I paired it with several reds. Tried a few blacks too. I preferred a different fabric. An ITY with large permanent crinkles. But I kept looking at that fabric and thinking ‘night gown’. I didn’t want a night gown. So after a few days, I went through the stash again and found a very nice cotton/poly which nicely contrasted with my neckline.
That fabric is several years old. (If I can’t sew, I shop.) Just last year, I bought the rayon-challis. black, red and pink print that made IMO a perfect match:
That’s the 3 of them rayon challis, cotton/poly and neckline trim just clipped to a hanger.
Actually made the rayon challis blouse first. I envisioned it as a 3rd layer which could stand alone as well. SP600 is my base with Loes Hines 5202 (Tunic Blouse) sleeve and cuff. I copied the SP600 front; measured 6″ down from the neckline and cut a V neck. I now permanently have a V-neck version. I think the V-neck is one of my most flattering looks and I wear it often. Making it permanently available was a no-brainer really. Just like copying the 5202 sleeve and adapting it for the SP600 armscye. Love that sleeve, why reinvent the wheel? Last change for SP 600 was adding a vent and straight hem:
Really easy. I did not copy the blouse pattern pieces, but added a rectangle at the bottom to straighten the hem. I made the rectangle 1/2″ wider at the side seam to be used as vent when desired. Just as the vent can be folded out to the way when not desired, the hem can be folded up when I prefer a shirt tail to a straight hem. These are easy changes which make the pattern versatile; gives me additional options to change the styling making it look like I’ve bought and fitted a new pattern when in truth I’ve not done nearly that much work!
Pattern changes took about 30 minutes. Then I cut and stitched my blouse in a short period of time.
Cannot tell you how much I love TNT’s.
Next up, was the little top with gorgeous neckline trim. I’ve worked with a few of these trims now and they never fit my default necklines. I have to either adapt my pattern to them or, which I did in this case, cut the trim to fit my neckline. I studied it pretty carefully and initially thought I was going to need to overlap the trim onto the princess portions of my bodice pattern (CC6299). So I cut and stitched the bodice to the side pieces but not the shoulders. So I had a full front and a full back to work with. As I shifted the neckline around I decided to eliminate the top pieces
Then realized it would be better to have those first scrolls eliminated too
A little more shifting to realize those front leaves had better leave too
When I first started working with these ready-made trims, I would zig zag all around and inside the edges. Decided that was too much and took to using “sheet glue”. This is glue that has been applied to release sheet in a thin layer. You then place your item to be bonded on top with a 2nd release sheet on top of that
and press on high heat
I learned the hard way to check periodically and stop pressing when the glue sticks to the trim enough to lift away from the release sheet. If left too long, the glue seems to not set when I’m ready for the next step which is placing the trim, glue side down, on the public side of my item and pressing a second time. I check several times to be sure it adheres to my fabric.
I also straight stitch around the edges. I found that the edges will lift and can only be repressed into place so many times before requiring stitching. May as well do it now when there is less fabric to shift back and forth beneath the needle.
I used my cap sleeve pattern successfully completed a few days ago and posted here. But I made some slight changes I wanted my cap sleeve to hug my arm must a bit more. So I made a 1/8″ tuck from shoulder point to center of hem. Then I trimmed the hem sides starting about 1″ above the hem 1/4″. I do think that gave me the sleeve I envisioned.
Don’t want to pull the cap in too close where it will rub my upper arm. Have an issue not really noticed on my other versions of CC6299. With this fabric the neckline is gaping a little
I taped the front neckline, like always. I am hoping it is just the way I’m standing. I really love this set as a whole
Definitely look forward to wearing it everywhere!