Thursday, September 28, 2006
Sewing Again; Knit Top & Asian Jacket
I've been waiting for the chrysanthemum coordinate I ordered from eQuilter for my Asian jacket, and while I've been waiting, I worked on the jacket up to the point where I could go no further without the fabric.
At this point I thought an instant gratification project was in order. So, I pulled out Simplicity #4020 and decided on View B (the blue one on the envelope) in a very thin knit from JoAnn's. It's a tie-dyed fabric which is then overprinted with a brown/copper opaque ink. It was not quite the instant project I envisioned, but I did finish it in a day. Here's the front view. I like it quite a lot, although it could be a little more fitted. This kind of top is difficult to predict fit on without a muslin, and of course the drape of the fabric is critical, so a muslin may not tell you as much as you'd think, unless your fabric characteristics are identical.
The chrysanthemum fabric did come today. It's absolutely gorgeous, and I immediately began to worry that it wouldn't look right in the jacket. I've prewashed it and pressed it, and I think I'm just going to forge ahead tomorrow and see how it is. I think it might be wonderful, but it's a stretch for me to work with so many patterned fabrics at once.