What to do when sewing a crop top and you cannot find the right zipper? A.k.a the elusive 17 cm open ended invisible zipper. Your brain is filled with solutions. Turn it into a dress, a jumpsuit etc? Placed in that dilemma when making this embroidery bustier I lay on my sewing room floor ( I do that often) and immersed into the sea of patterns from the stash.
If you need inspiration, just browse your collection.. you end up wanting to sew everything. It’s terrible for when you want to keep up your sewing plans but terribly good for upping your sewing motivation.
Have loved the first version in a very wearable denim, I picked Pattern Runway sweet scallop shorts. When a pattern is winning, why not repeat it, right? Specially when a scrap of black crepe de chine you been hoarding would suit it perfectly.
Fabric talk, shawl we?
Crepe de chine can be mainly found in two weights: fine and medium. It drapes beautifully but be warned. If improperly pressed your project is ruined. Also don’t forget this fabric rips/mark so easily. When pinning I try to keep within seam allowance.
Essential supplies: I used a very sharp needle size 70, lightweight black interfacing, and damp cloth/medium heat iron.
Workroom tips: Steam it to pre shirk. Use basting thread to mark the right side with an X and trace darts. Set your pins paralleled to the selvage. To avoid the imprints on the scallops I exchanged the overlocker/serger finish for pinking sheers.
As you know, the jumpsuit never was but I had all my pieces cut and interfaced ready to sew on top of my WIP/UFO pile. With my coat almost finished (YAY) I had an urged to move to a simple/quick project and delightfully sew it during an evening. FYI: Used size Small
Pokadot cotton for the waist facing. Did you know that we call it ‘petit poa’ in Portuguese. There are a lot of words derived from French. Specially fashion related.
Have a lovely weekend, let me know what you are up to!