Here are a couple of other things I like to keep in mind. If I don't have to stretch the neckband to get it over my head, I use a straight stitch to attach my neckband or binding, mostly because I like the way straight stitching looks. However, if I have to stretch the neckline to pull it over my head then I like to use a very short zigzag stitch. If your zigzag stitch is too long you can really see the wide gaps in the stitches around the neckband. I don't like that look, so I set my stitch length short. However, to maintain your stretch, make sure you set your zigzag stitch wide. The loose rule I follow is: the stretchier the fabric the wider my zigzag. You can still set the stitch length short, just make the zigzag wide. I hope there is some new information in these explanations, and I share this based on my own personal experience. There might be better ways, but these things seem to work for me.
Up next, the Ready-to-Wear Tailoring Sew-A-Long is starting on April 1st, and I am definitely participating. I've settled on a pattern and fabric, based on this rtw inspiration outfit from the pages of In-Style magazine:
|From InStyle magazine.|
I am also excited to report that the bamboo jersey arrived for my soon to be tie-dye outfit from BurdaStyle magazine. What a scrumptious color and texture. It doesn't have a lot of stretch, but should work out fine for for design #118.
Burda shorts pattern. I found a fun cardigan at Old Navy, cheap, that is to go with the skirt. I hope to show you the whole outfit by the end of the week!