I found an irresistible embroidered linen at Jo-Ann’s a month or so ago.
I really need to start looking more closely when I buy fabric, because when I was prepping it for washing, I discovered that I had actually bought this:
It was really too heavily embroidered for a top, so I decided to turn it into a skirt: Butterick 5737.
I was about 1 1/2 inches short of fabric, so I let the hem of one pattern panel hang off the cut edge. Some of the seams end up on the bias, so I’d have to let the skirt hang and trim the hem even anyway.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I decided to use the 1924 Singer 99 electric for all the machine sewing:
- Sewing the side seams
- Finishing the side seam allowances with rayon hem tape
- Attaching the waistband
- Sewing single-fold bias tape to the hem edge
The rest I did by hand:
- Inserting the lapped zipper
- Finishing the waistband
- Sewing the hem
- Attaching the hook and eye
I have found that on embroidered fabric, the embroidered design doesn’t go all the way to the selvage edge. In this case, there was a rather wide area that wasn’t embroidered, so I worked it into my cutting strategy.
I decided to cut the skirt panels so the edge of the embroidery would run along, but not into, the center front and back seams. I also decided to cut the waistband from an area with no embroidery at all.
Here’s a good look at the center front seam:
And the waistband:
And here are some of the other details:
Here’s the skirt as part of a whole outfit on Gene the Dress Form:
Next up, I’m supposed to be recovering the patio dining set cushions.
But I’d rather make a red polka dot top. Who wouldn’t?