OK, actually I don't believe in stash busting at all, and have promptly ordered more fabric to offset the loss. I have lovely stuff that came from Mood to my friend's desk in California. More on that in the following months.
Today, I want to show you my second edition of the Belacarra:
This is all silk crepe, left over from my party dress from last year, and I obsessed over what to make with it for a long time until I settled on this pattern. It's Liberty silk crepe, and just as amazing to sew with as last time I used it. I got it at Truro fabrics but they no longer have this pattern - they have others though, this weight is the one called "Liberty crepe" (rather than crepe de chine or something else) . The brown contrast is crepe de chine, acquired from Britex. It's nice but nowhere near as nice as the Liberty one. :)
Truth be told, I'm not that enamored with the fit on this one. There are two main issues: first, there is a lot of extra fabric at the sleeve join, and the drape of the fabric makes this obvious. To be honest, I have NO idea how to fix this. The good news is that despite (or because?) the masses of fabric, it is quite comfortable to wear. I do wish someone knew how to fix.
The second issue is my own stupidity - I narrowed the hips without realizing when I did the sway back last time. This is of little consequence - it means the blouse looks a lot better tucked into my trousers, but it's still annoying as hell.
I do like the blousiness though, and I think this pattern is much better in this drapey fabric than my first version. If you're wondering what happened to that one, I managed to rip a hole in it when I was putting it on a few weeks back, so into the bin it went. Sad but true :0
Here's a side shot:
And dress form / hanger photos:
Construction wise, I used french seams everywhere. I find that I now have the patience to treat french seams properly - that is, sew right sides together, press, trim the seam, press open, then press together right-sides together, then sew, then press stitching, then press open. I never used to do that before, but I really love taking my time and doing this now. Especially with so much expensive fabric, it would be a let down to not do it properly.
I also did some edge stitching on the sleeves. I didn't follow construction instructions on the sleeves, as I thought that would result in raw edges on the inside. Instead, I did a regular cuff - press 5/8" in, stitch other side, fold / press / trim, baste pressed edge over stitched edge then edge stitch from the outside.
For the neckline, I followed instructions - it's just finished with bias (fold bias strip, sew raw edges together, trim and sew from outside):
Finally, I attached a tag:
I keep meaning to order custom-made tags, but yeah, it's lazyness inc at auxetically nowadays. So I got this paw ribbon instead.
So, what do you think of my new Belacarra? Yay or nay? Do you know what I should do to improve fit at the sleeves? Tell me, I love hearing from you!