I also had to buy another yard of the teal fabric (it's a rayon sweater knit, btw) that I used to make the Jenna Cardi (modified waist-length, version A with 3/4 sleeves):
|This doesn't look like much lying on the ground but it's actually quite a sweet basic.|
|I know there looks to be some drag between the buttons on the buttonhole band, but it's an illusion. When worn, this is not the case... I opted NOT to topstitch the waistband for a variety of boring reasons. I may yet choose to go back and do so.|
But why did I buy more of the teal, now that I'm done with this sweater? Well, I was half way through when I went to the fabric shop, and I was worried that it was going to be too snug - in which case I intended to try again with the same fabric. As it happens, though I did alter the pattern very slightly, following the completion of this version, it actualy fits pretty well - especially given that the rayon is pretty stable and I haven't been able to rely on fabric stretch.
The reason that it fits is because I made a bunch of changes to the paper pattern before I cut the fabric out:
- Altered the sleeve to follow my T shirt sloper sleeve (spans multiple sizes)
- Altered the armscyes to follow my T shirt sloper front and back armscye (spans multiple sizes)
- Made the size 34 in shoulders widening to a 36 in side bust (at side seam) and waist
- Lengthened the waist length version by 2 inches on the front body of the bodice. This, along with a bit of extra fabric at the side seam (sea above), provides my best version of an FBA.
- Lengthened the centre back by 0.5 inches lengthening to 2 inches at the side seams (my short back waist / large boobs fix that mirrors a swayback adjustment (I think).
- Lengthened the button bands to reflect additional length in the bodice.
- Added a 7th button (to reflect the extra length I require to make this thing waist-length on the front body).
But wait, I did buy 2 other fabrics:
- A really nice rayon/poly ponte in very dark indigo - like almost black. I got 1 yard of this because, one of the great things about my modified Jenna is that it only takes a yard of 60 inch wide fabric. I want to try it again in a different material. The ponte I bought has really great recovery but it feels soft and it doesn't seem synthetic. Nor is it shiny. This stuff was 20 bucks a yard. I might have gone for the cotton/rayon ponte, a bit heftier, but that was $45 a yard. A little too rich for me today...
- And finally, I repurchased this grey bamboo jersey (1.5 yards). I really can't say enough about how much I love the colour and the weight / quality of the bamboo fabric that Chu-Shing stocks. It's all the same stuff, dyed different colours - all beautifully.
BTW, my goal for tomorrow is to sew another Jenna cardigan and to fix the sizing on the Self-Drafted Kimono sleeve dress.
At that point, I'll have made 4 new garments for myself (I also gave one to M.):
- Sunny (Cocoon) Knit Top - navy French terry. To be photographed.
- Jenna Cardigan - teal rayon sweater knit / silver buttons
- Jenna Cardigan - indigo ponte / ? buttons
- Self-Drafted Kimono Sleeve Dress
- Sunny (Cocoon) Knit Top - sweatshirt grey bamboo jersey) For M...
- True Bias Hudson Pants
- Vogue 8323 Surplice Top
- StyleArc Danni Dolman Dress
Thoughts on any of this?