I started this Tabula Rasa Tee just before receiving my Silhouette 195 pattern. I was going to finish the TRT then start fitting 195 but I made neckline mistake. Maybe not really my mistake. The elastic I chose to finish the neck edge frayed required unpicking. Unpicking is not a chore I look forward to ever. It was particularly distasteful now because I had stitched on black lace elastic and top stitched with black thread. I decided to take a little break and fit 195. I anticipated 2 days. The break stretched into 2 weeks. All my thoughts were stale when I returned to finish my T. I had chosen to test the TRT with a slinky fabric.
Wit the yellow mess I had converted and tested the back which contains a 1/2″ RBA that has been rotated to neckline darts. The yellow mess was a loss, but I was confident that the alteration would remove all the last, back wrinkles; and it did even with this slinky
There is a little something going on underneath the left shoulder. That’s unusual but I don’t think I’m going to worry because both sides are perfect
The little bulge at the waist, is my belt buckle. It might behoove me to wear a pant that does not require a belt when wearing slinky.
The sleeve is good. It could be a little tighter and a little shorter. The lace applique (which I will share in a subsequent post) is not showing as well as I’d like.
With its FOE neckline finish, the front is equally lovely
BTW, I didn’t unpick. I trimmed the previous finish away. Smoothed the curve and then applied the FOE.
At the time I cut this fabric, I offset the front and back pieces 1/4″ from the fold. This removed a total 1″ circumference. When it came time to sew the side/sleeve unit to the front/back, I got cold feet. What if I had removed too much ease? I serged those long seams then tried it on to check fit. I was relieved to see the shoulders were too wide, the sleeve too long and the garment definitely in need of the 1/2″ seam allowances I had planned. I returned to the SM, stitched those long seams with a 1/2″ seam allowance then turned up the bottom hem and cover stitched it. My initial change (less 1″ ease) is a success at least during fitting. This is a fairly new fabric. Think it’s been in-stash only 3 years. So I’m not entirely sure how this slinky will act. Will it stretch much length wise? Continue to grow like slinkies of old? I don’t know until I wear it for a while. So I like this garment but the jury is still out because I won’t know how the fabric behaves until I’ve worn it at least once.
- Summary of pattern changes
- Off set front and back 1/4″ from fold
- Proposed changes
- Length -1/2″
- Length -1/2″
- Circumference -1/2″