I basically love this pattern. I'm also discovering how tricky it is to choose just the right kind of fabric for this drapey design. My first version was made with rayon/poly jersey knit which was so thin, and it was difficult to handle. So, I wanted to make it with a bit thicker fabric.
I chose this magenta pink knit. Appropriately finished right before Valentine's Day. This fabric came from my friend's late mother. I don't know the exact fabric content. Definitely a stretch knit. It feels like it has a little wool, and synthetic material. It's definitely more stable than the rayon jersey knit I used before, but it isn't as thick as sweatshirt weight. Especially since I couldn't confirm the fabric content, I did my usual swatch wash test before I cut the fabric. It came out without any shrinkage from washer/dryer. So, I guess its wool content is very low and it's mostly polyester.
I usually use my main machine for sewing garments, but since I knew I either didn't have to finish seams or I'd serge them, I took out my Featherweight, Esther for this project! Just a straight stitch machine was all I needed. Giving my main machine, Bernina 1230 a little break.
Since it was an easy fabric to handle, it went very quickly. Soooooo, here is the learning moment. The fabric, this time, was a bit too thick (ugh!) so that the drapey design could appear rather stiff depending on the angle.
Like here. See?
Mmmmm. What do you think? Do I look like I'm going to carry a baby in this built-in sling?!
It is still very wearable.
Love the dolman sleeves. But I forgot to make them longer! I'd like the sleeve length to be just a bit longer, maybe by 1, even 2 inches. Well, NEXT TIME!
This garment is made of only two pieces of pattern. A front and a back. With the drapey design, the front is a very large piece and it is hard to see where the sleeves are on the pattern piece. (Really. At least to me. It's like a gigantic puzzle piece!)
So, this leaves me with the feeling of wanting to make yet another one ~! Until I get it right -- picking the right weight fabric for this design, so the finished garment will truly shine.
I like the top. I wore it on the Valentine's Day Eve.
Besides, I got to have a sewing date with Esther, my Singer Featherweight 221-K.
Experienced garments sewers out there, share with me your secrets, tips and wisdom on how to pick the right fabric for the design you are sewing--?