Hello! Anyone still there?
Laney and I have been strangers on this blog for quite a few months now. Although the epic storm of life (moving, weddings, jobs, depressed cats) demanded an unplanned blogging hiatus we certainly didn’t stop sewing. Hopefully that means a little more activity on Katy & Laney now that the dust has settled…sort of. Life never really slows down does it?
This pleated top is my most recent project off the machine. One of my best friends and old roommate brought the fabric back from India! (Gretchen, I do not deserve you! Thank you!) I certainly couldn’t make something dull when I had exotic yardage to work with. It’s some brand of mystery synthetic which means amazing colors, a rather stiff drape, and god bless you if you put it under an iron. My conclusion, make something with volume. I traded my usual ruffles for jumbo pleats. And a couple oddly shaped pattern pieces later I had a new self-drafted top.
Because synthetics scare me a little with their tendency to unravel I devoted quite a bit of attention to the guts of this project. Since the fabric was stiff and couldn’t be pressed I finished all the fashion fabric seams with a serger (the lining pieces are finished with french seams). The top is completely underlined as the fabric is slightly sheer and I didn’t want the hem or serged edges showing through and distracting from the print. I was lucky to find the perfect shade of cobalt lining at Mood on the cheap. After underlining I lined the whole thing again for a nice finish around the neckline and armholes. Simply turning the edges under would have required top-stitching which I was trying to avoid plus the top would have been incredibly itchy to wear. Finally a bit of single fold bias tape on the hem for a bit of flare and you’ve got one of the prettiest insides I’ve done to date. Thank goodness this top is a simple three pattern pieces or I’d still be sewing.
And will you forgive me if I brag a little about the pattern matching on that back zipper? It’s the little victories.