Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Rayon- Garment Sewing

One of the fabrics that Island Batik sent us Ambassadors this year was a Rayon.  We could do anything we wanted with it whenever we wanted.  I have had this pattern for ages and always think I will make it.    When this 2 yard piece came my way I knew I needed to do it. 

I was scared to death to cut into and sew it.  I first made a muslin test garment as the pattern suggests.  It needed to fit over the head as there are no other openings.  Wow it fit perfectly the first time!!!  That was Saturday.  Sunday since we had no plans, I got brave and cut into the Rayon.  I did prewash it and machine dried it with about 2-3" shrinkage from the 2 yard cut.  The pattern said I needed 2.25 yds, shoot, well maybe I'll do short sleeves instead of the 3/4 length.  But after laying out the front and back in the medium size I had plenty to do the 3/4 sleeves and still had some left!   The pattern has you sew 1/2" seams, then I serged them.  The neck has a facing.  For the hem I serged and then pressed up a 3/8" hem and straight stitched carefully.
I love it and I am sure I will be making more.  The first year IB sent 2 one yard pieces of a black and white print and a polka dot, I think I am going to do a tank top version of it.  I also think a short sleeve one would look great.  A model I am not but here ya go...

The pattern is Panama Pullover by Brensan Studios.













Thank you Island Batik for providing a gorgeous piece of Rayon, just the perfect colors I like to wear! I think it will look great with black capris.  I will be wearing it to an event in April-more on that later.

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23 comments:

  1. Very nice, I’m going to make a shirt too!

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  2. Ooo very nice. Love it. The colours are fab

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  3. It looks great, and it's a perfect fit. Thanks for the tip on pre-washing the rayon - I wouldn't have thought to do that.

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  4. That is a beautiful top, but no garment sewing for me!

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  5. Very nice and very clever. What little I knew about garment sewing is long gone, so just a tinsy bit jealous..... in a nice way :)

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  6. It looks great on you! How fun that it fit perfectly without any adjustments. The color is so pretty. I think I know where you'll be wearing this, and I'm still jealous.

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  7. Hi Vicki,
    Your talent is boundless and endless. This looks great! I love the pointy tales in the front and the back, and the fit is just perfect. How great that you didn't have to make any adjustments to the pattern! Woot woot! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  8. Yes you ARE a great model! This top is great! Make more! :) Question for you, how bad did it ravel when pre-washed?

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  9. Oh, good for you! Pretty fabric and a great design. Looks comfortable, too!

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  10. Cute top. I never learned how to sew clothes.

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  11. Nice top! The color looks great with your red hair, too. Nice that you didn’t have to alter the pattern at all. But even nicer that the fabric was free!

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  12. What a super top! I love the pointed hemline. Is there a term for that? It's very flattering on you, both the style and the color :)

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  13. Looks great! Very nice....love it!

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  14. Looks so pretty on you, and a great fit.

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  15. THIS is what you make when you are scared??? Gosh, it is lovely, fits perfectly and you look lovely. I am "scared" to ask what will you make when you are fearless :-)

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  16. You wear it well Vicki! I haven't used my serger for oh, at least 3-5 years I think! I sure did like it when my girls were young. The top fits you so well and suits you! I think I have that same colour way and I love it. Haven't decided what to make, but was leaning towards a tank top for when the weather heats up. (or if...seems like we are all getting cold weather!)

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  17. Very pretty! I haven't sewn clothing in years. I'm not sure I'd remember how.

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  18. Isn't that pretty! Love the fabric, and you look terrific in it!

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