|Unfinished cushion project - furry scraps (what on earth will I do with these) - dressmaking scraps|
My scraps are becoming a health and safety issue and also being ruthlessly logical it is better to use up scraps while the machine is threaded with the right colour and has the right needle in etc. Rather than stashing the bits and never using them, but thinking things like, "Gosh, I really must use up some scraps", every time I see the teetering pile...
I love making things to wear and am not so keen on making anything homey (although I do quite enjoy making small gifts). To increase the likelihood of using up scraps I need to start making small garments (well obviously they have to fit someone or that would be pointless). Knickers, maybe? Camisoles?
Anyway I searched the internet to try to find appropriate patterns. I didn't find many, maybe I was tired and I missed the patterns or maybe there really aren't many that fit this particular need. I found that Kwik Sew had a lot of basic styles and I want things I have made to be reasonably timeless and lasting so this pattern seemed like a good fit for using small pieces.
I have never sewn with a Kwik Sew pattern before so I had a surprise when I undid the packet.
Where are the miles of flimsy crumpled tissue I usually struggle with? Where are the tiny indistinguishable size lines all printed in the same colour? This pattern is one I hope to use over and over again (and since I won't trace a pattern like I "should" unless I absolutely have to for some vital alteration reasons), the extra strength is appreciated and made me mind less that it cost a little more than the other big pattern brands. Sometimes you just want to cut and sew, especially if you are using up scraps!
Another surprise was the seam allowance. Only quarter of an inch, which being used to 5/8ths inch felt a bit scary. Not much to play with. Then it occurred to me that it was probably this width so that the seams could be finished faster.
Here is my finished camisole. I made it from white broderie anglaise scraps left over from the peasant top I made in the summer. I was worried the fabric would be too see through on a closer fitting design, so I backed it with a thin white cotton lining harvested from a kaftan I have thrifted that is destined to become something else one day. Buying lining to use up scraps would defeat the object to my mind!
Literally as I was finishing the camisole I realised there was no need for me to use facings as I could have just lined it instead of treating the fabrics as one. For some reason I just blindly followed the instructions WHERE WAS MY BRAIN. So I have facings that show through the fabric needlessly, arghh! I have been consoling myself by saying this was an experiment with scraps and at least I have tried the pattern as intended, but truth be told I am a little cross with myself.
|Excuse blurry pic & squint - sun in eyes|
So anyway the instructions were clear and there was no difficulty with method, but fitting was more tricky. I made the pattern according to my bust measurement and the front fits how I think it is meant to. That is the problem with artists impressions, I would so much prefer a photo of every style. They leave too much open to interpretation. Anyway I see a relatively straight style fitted across the bust with looseness under. I think this is what I made. However the back was enormous. I just took a couple of inches (seriously!) off each side of the back piece and called it done, but I could have gone down at least two sizes across the back. My thoughts are:
1. It could be the style as the only view photographed does seem quite loose under the model's arm (the same pieces are used for views C & D) and thinking about it if the camisole was too fitted it wouldn't slip over the head and shoulders.
2. I could have made the smaller size and done a FBA. It would be a good pattern to experiment with this alteration since it is so simple BUT since I got the fit I wanted would there be any advantage in doing an FBA? I am unsure whether I should just do what works or try to do things "properly". Any thoughts?
I have just a couple of small scraps left of this fabric now. I think they would make a lovely contrast collar for a blouse/shirt so I am hanging on to them. (No I am not crazy enough to make a shirt especially to use up these scraps as where will it end. Possibly with insanity.) Do you know of any clothing patterns that are good for using up those awkward bits left after cutting out your garment (particularly wovens)? Any/all suggestions gratefully received!
'til next time!