Here's the finished project:
Folded over, slice a neck line, rolled hem on the edges, & sew up the sides to make a butterfly-wing thingy sort of side seam.
I was telling a sewing friend about the issues I encountered in the process, and we discussed the problems with self-drafting a piece. For me it's not so much about fit, or even figuring out how to do a step (although those DO present issues) - it's more about the sequence of when to do step 1, step 2, etc....
In this case I cut a boat neck slit for the neck - I had made a muslin to figure out the size & shape of the cut - no problems there. Then I got all wrapped up in how to do the binding and have it lay neatly at the corners where the neck line made a sharp V. When I finally figured out exactly how I wanted to do it, and started sewing it up (by machine) I panicked when it started the dreaded binding bunching...you know, those tiny little folds in a poorly made binding.... and realized I'd left out the Very Important Step of grading and clipping the curve.
If I'd been following a pattern - even one with minimal instructions that just said "bind the neckline" I would have clipped that seam, but because I was focused on something else...well...I ended up sticking my tailor points into the binding and clipping as I sewed. I do not recommend this, but at least it worked, and I have a nice flat neckline :).
I did a rolled hem on the side edges with my trusty vintage Singer 101 and the rolled hem foot. I'm fairly confident in my friendship with this foot by now, and ended up with a pretty nice finish there.
For the side seams, I sewed a straight stitch from hemline to a point just high enough to hide any bra peek-a-booing, about 5" in from the rolled hem edges. The bottom hemline was the selvedge, front and back, so I let it be.
I probably cut a total of 6 sq. inches (give or take) from the neckline; otherwise every bit of the fabric was used!
One of the most important parts of the process in the making of this top was enlisting the vision of sewing friends. A group of us got together with a topic of bringing a problem fabric to share and get help on - something we just didn't know what to do with. I knew I didn't want a scarf from this fabric (that would be too easy), and the collective creative minds of my sewist friends came up with the idea of this simple tunic top with the butterfly sides. They nailed it, don't you think? Very thankful that I'm in a community with so many helpful, creative, and talented sewing friends!
I leave you with today's fortune cookie. Because I like it. :)
What are your issues and/or tips with self-drafting your own pieces? Or if you are a pro at it, what sort of guidance would you give those of us who venture there occasionally?
Happy Labor Day, all, and I hope you all had a taste of what nature has to offer this weekend. :)