I was temporarily drug away from Simplicity 2648. Seriously...it's only temporary! And here is the crazy, fun, 80's inspired look!
Hart's Fabrics online. It is a poly Spandex blend. It is very slippery, which made it a bit challenging to work with. When I am working with fabrics like this, I just take my time and use a lot of pins. I also find that I need the hard surface of a table to spread my project out on so that I can pin and line the fabric up easier. Normally I stand at my ironing board to pin pieces.
The Pattern: BurdaStyle Magazine 03-2009-103:
This pattern consists of 4 pattern pieces. It is not too difficult to assemble. I understood the first half of Burda's instructions, but not the second half. I too am a visual hands-on learner, without pictures or someone to show me, I have a very difficult time understanding something new when it comes to sewing. This pattern reminds me of a Kwik Sew pattern I have made for my mom. It also has four pieces with the yoke forming part of the sleeve. So I made up this pattern using those instructions and it worked out fine.
The first thing I did was to interface the outside yoke pieces with Pro-Sheer Elegance from Fashion Sewing Supply. I sewed the shoulder seams together on the yoke and the facing pieces then put them right sides together and sewed the neckline. I clipped the curves then understitched the neckline. Here is a close-up of the yoke on the inside and you can see the understitching.
|Understitching and hand-sewn facing along lower edge.|
|This illustration is from the Kwik Sew 3595 instruction sheet.|
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!