We love this latest blogger make, which is perfect for Autumn. It's long sleeved, with a wrap front and it looks quite warm and cosy! Simona made this using our ingenious 2-in-1 bonded lace; a fantastic fabric that features lace fixed to a satin background so that there is no need for a separate lining. We'll let Simona do the talking about how easy the fabric was to work with.....
For my first WhiteTree Fabrics blog project I chose to make a top I have seen on the blogosphere some time ago and just fell in love with it. It is Vogue 8926 and I used the black satin bonded lace that WhiteTree have on offer. Have you seen Lucie’s Honeymoon bag for which she used the white version of this fabric? Exquisite! That’s what I say!
WhiteTree Fabrics sent me everything from the fabric and pattern to the notions such as thread and bias tape. I decided to make View C. I was hopping to use it as a jacket! The fabric was more difficult to cut than to actually sew it up! I think in the future, when I use this type of fabric I will cut each piece on single layer, to be more accurate when cutting rather than double layer. Think that using my new heavy tailor scissors did not help the issue either as I am not used to cutting with such a heavy pair! And I think saving time will have to be sacrificed for accuracy!
It did not take me long to put it together think it was about 5 to 6 hours from tracing my size to finished garment! In the end I had to make my own bias tape, because when I told Lisa about what bias tape I need, gave her the wrong dimension and it was way too thin for my project. Oops! But it did not take me long to make it, especially since I have the Simplicity Bias Tape Maker , which I love using all the time.
This pattern is a perfect one for autumn! Sewing with this fabric is a dream, especially after having a bit of difficulty cutting it in the first place. I did not use the instructions, other than checking I am adding the bias tape correctly. And I am thinking of making it again for an evening outfit, maybe silk or satin! Not sure which one yet!
The project did not pose many problems and I believe even a beginner will make this in no time! I decided to make two openings for the belt to go through, one on both sides , just so I can close it both ways and because I was to lazy to actually do one side and then check and do the other. Just wanted to save me the trouble of having to use the unpick! It would have been a nightmare unpicking stretch stitch – black tread on black fabric?! Don’t even want to think about it.