⁃ Fabric: upcycled rayon skirt
⁃ Pattern: Sorbetto (free here!)
⁃ Year: 2006?
⁃ Notions: DIY bias tape made from swiss dot batiste scraps
⁃ Time to complete: 4 hours (the tape making took most of this time)
⁃ First worn: this week
⁃ Wear again? yes, with lots of care (see below)
⁃ Total price: 0! freeee
This little Sorbetto top came to be after a friend of mine gave me a skirt she had tossed into the wash and came out like this:
So, I knew this rayon fabric had an unraveling issue. I dug into Claire Schaeffer’s book on fabric and learned that rayon does unravel easily. Check. Rayon likes to be zig-zag or overlocked… this skirt was overlocked so I have my doubts, but I also learned that the stretchy needle I bought was going to be put to good use!
Because I had limited fabric, I removed the front pleat of the pattern. Other from that, and using bias binding at the hem, I followed the pattern exactly. I made a size 2 and there’s a lot of room. The rayon has a bit of elasticity to it as well. I just felt a bit of pressure when I was making it, that every puncture from the needle would start the unraveling. So, I’ll wear/wash as gingerly as I can. Also, swiss dot doesn't make very good bias-tape. Every "dot" jigs the presser foot so if you do dare to use it as your bias-tape maybe a walking foot is in order to keep it from straying...
I wanted to interject here, that I’ve been away for a bit because I’ve moved countries! I’m back in Germany after my short stint in the Netherlands. Oh, Amsterdam, I will miss your fabric markets. :(
Sniffle sniffle. Seriously, though, my seasonal allergies have really kicked into high-gear.