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Topic: I made a Vegbee peasant top -- Now with action shots and Qs  (Read 1487 times)
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« on: May 09, 2008 10:25:28 AM »

My SIL is taking my 3 YO to a luncheon at some fancy-schmancy hotel in NYC tomorrow, and most of her clothing is stained with chocolate milk and/or paint.

So, I looked through my stash and found this hotpink linen left over from a ring sling I made about 5 years ago.

An hour later, she has a pretty top.

(Action shots will have to wait until she comes home from school.) And here she is ready to go to lunch:

Question re shape: Does it look so boxy because of the weight of the material, because I should have cut it a little wider ... or should I just make it a little more a-line? (I thought it was the shape of the skirt, but it looked similarly as boxy over a pair of leggings.)

I liked the fringed selvage so I decided to use that on the bottom and sleeves instead of hemming. It's been pre-washed, so I'm hoping it won't shrink unattractively as it gets washed, but it will certainly work for tomorrow.

And since I couldn't make a casing for the elastic in the sleeves, I attemtped zizzagging the elastic into place. It worked, but I had a very hard time keeping it straight. Is it easier to do this with clear elastic? The stuff I was using seemed like a little bit of overkill for what I was doing. Suggestions?

Thanks for any comments/suggestions.
« Last Edit: May 10, 2008 10:30:35 AM by argwwo - Reason: added action shots and questions » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2008 12:22:10 PM »

Very cute top. I like the selvage edges too. I've never made anything with elastic that has been sewn on .. wish I could help.

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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2008 02:35:10 PM »

I don't like sewing with clear elastic.  But you are not suppose to sew directly into the elastic but basically you are sewing and encasing the elastic with the zig zag so you should not stitch into the elastic at all.  I have never had the pleasure of doing that I always manage to sew into the elastic.  Did you pin it in place?  That seems to help a little be more or even baste it in place before you zig zag.  Hey I am going to try that method.  I am cutting out a peasant top today, I will let you know how it turns out.  I hope this helps you.  The top looks great plus who sews a perfect line anyway.
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2008 03:23:31 PM »

i love the edges!  looks great, and I like the sleeves.  vegasbrownsugar is right bout the thread casing.  dont worry, you'll find sewing with elastic easier every time

« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2008 07:45:29 PM »

hmmm. re the elastic ...

I was given "The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing" put out by Singer (copyright 2005, but good lord do most of these "fashions" look sooo out of date!), and in the "gathering with elastic/how to sew stitched elastic" section the picture definitely shows the stitches going through the actual elastic.

I guess if I'd used the 1/4" elastic like you suggested in your tute (thanks, by the way, forgot to say that in my post!), I could have made a casing with the zigzag stitch -- you know, providing I could have sewed a straight line while tugging on the elastic. But I used 3/8" because that's what I had. I'll play around with y'all's method and see how it does.

The cap sleeves were a happy accident. I somehow cut the sleeves an inch shorter than I meant to. Tried it on the girl tonight after dinner and it fit her perfectly. (I'll get an action shot tomorrow before she leaves for her luncheon.) Think next time I'll try to make it a little more a-line-ish. Either that or use a flowier fabric.
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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2008 03:57:15 PM »

I love how that looks with the black skirt.  And the look on her face?  Priceless!   Cheesy

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