Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I want to wish the most amazing mother in the whole world a happy mother's day!!

Oh yes, I'm basing this week's outfit on this amazing pink suit.   Beautiful!

A big thank you to the Pin Queen and to Steph from 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World for advice on working with this unknown fabric.  I started the underlining process and let me say it behaves SO MUCH better with underlining.
I'm underlining it in a fabric that I've had in my stash that is also a mystery fabric.  It's also soft and has very good drape without being too stretchy.

I also did as Steph suggested and used a piece of fabric to test out how it behaves (in this case, I just used an extra bodice front piece).  The easiest way to explain how this fabric behaves is a mix between silk and knit.  It's so soft but also likes to shift around (the underlining helps with this).  Despite the loose weave, there is no stretch on the grainline.

I thought this would be the project where I finally learned how to do a bound buttonhole.  But after giving it a go, I've decided that I'm going to do a regular buttonhole that is extra reinforced.  For two reasons, I'm not super comfortable with bound buttonholes and this fabric is extra difficult because it is so soft.  I did try out a bound buttonhole and a regular buttonhole and the regular one looks just fine.

I will, however, get a go at bound buttonholes as the dress pattern I've picked out to sew for this next weekend's meet-up has quite a few bound buttonholes! phew! Best get on it...I've got two dresses to finish before next Saturday :)

I was super excited to hear that a few of you also have this fabric in your stash (Pin Queen and Suzie from Su Sews So-So) and Kristin from Snake Oil Sewing just picked up this exact same pattern at a flea market.  Isn't it fun when you see the same vintage pattern being made up by someone? Or the same fabric?


  1. can not wait to see your outfit.

  2. Wow, that is one beautiful suit on your mom. Great fabric choice for your version.

  3. Your mom is really chic in that photo!!
    So Jackie O.!

    I would like to sew a suit for me too,but I don't have time in these days....>___< I want a 36 hours-day!

  4. Thanks everyone!

    Alice: I so want a 36 hour day too...or better yet, a pause button where everything stops but I can still keep sewing...hehehehe


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