Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Finished: Burda Plus Fashion FW-07-404 & 405
Top BPF FW-07-404
I'm amazed at what I don't know about fabric!) Patterns don't get any simpler than this: three pieces – front, back and sleeve. This top was shown using a sweater knit so the neckline was not bound, but turned in. I added a french binding to the neckline because I prefer that look. I also move the neckline up about 1/2 inch. Otherwise, this top would have been just too easy! This is going to be a TNT top for me. In the winter, I live in jeans and knit tops. This pattern will definitely get used for more knock-around tops. I'm determined to sew more knits and this simple pattern is a good one to use.
Pants BPF FW-07-405A
A recent post on Nancy K Sews caused me to think about waistbands. I pulled out Making Trousers for Men and Women (Coffin, 2009), read the information and studied the samples on the accompanying DVD-ROM. More often than not, the waistband was faced with petersham or lining fabric rather self fabric. Since I didn't plan for any waistband modifications for these pants, I didn't have any petersham or lining fabric on hand. I used bias binding on the bottom the the inner waistband. I like the look, but the waistband is still bulky. I am definitely going to investigate further so I can produce a less bulky waistband.
I was able to finish this outfit relatively quickly. I fought a cold for most of the long Thanksgiving weekend. The cold won so, except for Thanksgiving Day and a few quick but necessary errands, I stayed home and spent most of my time in the sewing room.