Quick and Easy

Because I needed to be able to see what in the world I was doing with the flannel shirt, but I still wanted to sew, I pulled out some other fabric from my stash. I really want to make more garments, especially as my ready to wear items are starting to die.

I had this lace left over from an unblogged cotton half slip I made last summer (I cannot find one anywhere; everything is polyester, which is not what I want to be wear in August in Virginia. I made one, and then dyed it purple!). I wanted a lace blouse, something like this. but I couldn’t think of a fabric in my stash that would go with the lace, and I don’t have any shirts that are at the tear up point. I dyed my fabric green, and over dyed in black to get this greeny grey color that makes me so happy. I ended up using the Staple Dress pattern, again  What can I say, I love this pattern!


I very technically folded the lace selvage to selvage, matching up the motifs and pinned. I then cut the piece in half, so the front and back would be the same length. I traced out the back and front, and sewed the side and shoulder seams together, and then finished the insides with my serger. I used the rolled hem feature with black fuzzy nylon to finish the neckline and sleeves. For the hem, I just cut along the lace motif. I think I may have enough of another lace to make one more of these – very comfortable, and I’ve already worn it to work and received compliments.

Since I already had my serger set up for a rolled hem, I pulled out this piece of poly chiffon that I got from the remnants table at my local fabrics store. It has scissors on it! It’s 3/8 of a yard, about 60” long, so I used a French seam to turn it into a cowl, and then ran it through the serger to roll hem the edges. I think it may have taken me 10 minutes? There was time for sips of coffee in between.

The last quit and dirty came in the form of this skirt.

It’s this beautiful double woven French rayon that I got from a vendor at the American Sewing Guild Conference last summer. It’s just been sitting and staring at me. I put a French seam in the side, rolled hemmed the bottom, and wacked some elastic in the top. I think I’m going to redo the elastic – I wore this to work already, and I don’t like the way it feels against my skin. I’m thinking I’ll just make a knit casing and sew it down on it. (Edited to add: one of my co-workers liked it so much, I just gave it to her.)


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