I admit it. I was having a good run. Pretty much most of what I’ve made this year has ended up being wardrobe favourites. At this point I was destined to make something I didn’t like.
1. Merchant and Mills dress shirt. Now the pattern is lovely (if a bit on the large side), but I managed to buy the stiffest poly linen fabric (I swear you could stand the dress up on it own) on which no amount of steam can tackle creases. And the way it “falls” is giving me a hump back thanks to the way the fabric is gathered at the yoke in the back. Again, the pattern is great – with a soft cotton fabric I’m sure it would look lovely.
I also went a bit crazy with the dipped hem. It could have worked in theory, but the dye didn’t mix well, leaving red pigments stains. Also, it’s not very even, which annoys me.
I did add a lovely little trim on the sleeve that I bought at Walthamstow market for something silly like 50p a metre, which I’m thinking about transferring to another garment. Or do you have any ideas on how I should save this garment from obscurity in my closet?
2. Megan Nielsen’s Tania Culottes. Again, I really like the pattern, I just managed to choose the most see-through fabric I could find. I could have lined it, had I not noticed quite how see through they were right after have having finished the waistband. Also, I think I lengthened them too much. Note: You can’t fully appreciate how see-through they are by looking at the photo’s below (yes, that’s on purpose..), but believe me, it’s not good.
Any emergency solution to the see-through issue? Do you reckon it’s worth undoing the waistband and adding some kind of emergency lining?
My overall learning’s having done these two projects are:
- Touch the fabric – figure out if it’s going to drape well for the garment you are making.
- Poly linen fabrics – mental note that these take wrinkles to a whole other level.
- Dyeing – mix the dye well. If doing a dipped hem, make sure you have a good set-up with a bucket or container wide enough for the garment.
- Check how see-through a fabric is before making shorts in any kind of flimsy material. No one wants to see your knickers. If they do, you have a whole other problem on your hands…