Grandmas like to sew for the family. Mostly, the grandmas I know quilt up a storm and produce way more quilts than there are members in the family but some do make clothes in their spare time.
Every so often I get a day to cut out a garment or two for my youngest granddaughter who is 10. She has graduated out of the little girl patterns into the Simplicity “Suede Says” young teen sizing. The envelope says “Preppy” and maybe some of you remember the designer known as Suede when he was on Project Runway? It was annoying that he referred to himself in the 3rd person the whole time but for some reason Simplicity has picked him up in 2012 to attach his name to teen patterns.
This pattern has lots of options so I was quick to cut out the dress and top and also the contrasting drapes that are sewn unto the necklines and armholes before the bias binding is attached and flipped to the inside. What could possibly go wrong…simple, no?
Well, after cutting the 2 little drape sections (one pink and one green) I realized that one of them did NOT have a deep V shape and was supposed to be closed in…bummer…now what? I dug through my old lace stash and found a pink lace scrap that would fill in the blanks. Is this legal…who cares? First, the neckline needed some stay-stitching which would serve as the edge for turning, then press flat position the lace behind it, pin,fold it flat in half to re-cut with the pattern piece,trim off excess,ready to topstitch (wrong side),double row of stitching catches the raw edges together, trim away excess lace
The finished back shows the fabric through the lace nicely. I could adapt this technique to other things…I could really get hooked on it! The drape is bound with the contrasting green from the top that also was made with the same fabric.
The back strap and hem was decorated with a built-in stitch from my Elna 720. You may be wondering what the floral fabric is…Any Butler. I bought a whole bolt of it on Craigslist a year ago so you will eventually be seeing other renditions of it in later garments. I should probably cover my desk chairs in the sewing room but home dec was never my forte. But before I go…a small sneak preview of more of this fabric: A maxi dress for me in need of contrasting armbands and hem bands and much more to jazz up this wrap front creation. And, no, I will not be wearing this dress with my granddaughter…she lives far away and I’m not into matchy-matchy…Lord help me!
Now finish off that Halloween candy and get back to work, dear readers!