I made more clothes! I like reading the blogs of super fancy pretty clothes-making people, but I only ever make myself very basic, basic, everyday things. 😀
Anyway, I made an Eucalypt tank using a fun polyester crepe de chine. This one’s an XS at the top and graded to a small at the hip; I did that because the first version I made (in cotton voile) fit really nicely at the top but was too tight at the hip. It looks like I need to make just a straight small, though, because this one’s noticeably too tight on top. Poo!
I had a hard time applying the binding facing on this one, and I guess it’s because I’m not used to sewing with polyester since I had an easier time on my cotton voile version. I was really happy with the bottom hem, though — I managed to get it really narrow, and it didn’t flare strangely! Yay! I only realized after I finished that this fabric wasn’t ravelly at all, and that’s why I was able to make such a nice hem… is that what all crepe de chines are like? I really don’t know much about fabric types, doh.
I don’t know if I’m supposed to be able to adjust things in the back so that droopiness doesn’t happen, but I can’t imagine how since there are only two pattern pieces and no darts. I love the drapiness in the front, though — hides my tummy! I got sick of taking pictures of myself since I apparently can’t make normal faces, but I loooove wearing this tank. I feel all grown up because I’m wearing something that’s not a t-shirt.
Here’s my second pair of maritime shorts; these are made of a Robert Kaufman denim (I think). Even though I didn’t serge off the center seam allowance by accident this time, I still ended up having to add some fabric to install the fly zipper. Ugh! This makes me want to take an in-person class so someone can show me what I’m doing wrong, but realistically, I’ll probably just buy the thurlow trousers pattern since I’ve heard that those instructions are really good.
I still love the back pockets, even though Mr. Yazoo said they look too big. I do find that I have to pull my phone slightly out of my pocket in order to sit down… oh well.
I did a 1/4″ full seat adjustment, which I think helped reduce the strange creases. Next time, I’ll try increasing it to a 1/2″ adjustment — there’s still something funky going on there. I’m not too concerned with that pulling weirdness just below the waistband because my shirts always cover it. 😛
When Cosmo saw the crepe de chine (before I had cut it up), he really liked it and asked me to make a shirt for him out of it. When I told him that it was going to be a tank for me, he got all mad and grumped, “why do you get all the nice things?!” hahahahaha!