Monday, November 14, 2011

So much to tell

I’ve done a lot of sewing (related) things in the past week, enough for a few posts. I”ll start with the real sewing bit: I did finish the lace twinset. And the cardigan was such an easy piece. I cut it at 8.45 pm this evening and finished it only an hour later! OK, I used the Jalie cardigan pattern that was ready to use, so no need to trace. But from cutting to finished project in an hour is pretty fast, while I thought I might be more difficult due to the special, open fabric.

In my previous post you can see the inspiration pictures.

This is the finished top. I’ll try to get pictures of me wearing it, but at the moment it’s difficult to have daylight pictures, which is what this needs. This is a picture heavey post anyhow.

  

 

For the top I used the sorbetto pattern that I also made before. I used the same blue silk as the top in this post, but now as an under layer. I used the layer of lace and silk as one after pinning them together.

I basted the darts before sewing them:

  

For the interfacing I used sheer pro elegance from Pam, and the technique to make it neatly finished as described in this tutorial by Lori. It really makes for a neat finish.

On the left the facing before turning inwards, on the right the finished facing.

   

The hem was serged and I stitched it by hand.

As said I used the Jalie cardigan pattern, no. 2566. For the front I cut it a bit longer and wider to get the look of the inspiration cardigan. This is all what was possible with the yardage I had.

 

 

The two together:

For the edges I used a rolled hem. Though I thought this might not work, a quick test made clear that it worked well. From a book I have I learned that it's better to have a bit more fabric in the rolled hem and this was the trick I needed to have nice rolled hems. For normal serging I always have the most narrow width (1), for this I used 3 to 4 cutting width. It gives the machine something to roll ;)

    

16 comments:

Dilliander said...

Wow, Sigrid, this is simply beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Very nice. I love it!

BJ

Karin said...

Very nice! And perfect for the holiday season, too.

Jilly Be said...

Wow - that looks good enough to eat! Just beautiful!

Handmade said...

Looks great - and thanks for the links to the techniques you used.

Jane M said...

What a fabulous outfit. Thanks for the rolled hem pic on the lace. It looks clean and lightweight and works wonderfully.

shams said...

A very nice twinset and very on-trend.

Summerset said...

A lovely set! I also find that cutting a wider seam allowance makes for a nicer rolled edge, too.

Irene said...

This is lovely!

senaSews said...

I'm glad that your Mojo returned. The top and cardigan are beautiful. Very classy and elegant. Very nice!

Lisa said...

Sigrid , you made a beauiful job of this twinset. I have some stretch lace that I want to do the same things with too . I was worrying about the nudity factor of the lace but you have solved this beautifully.

Cennetta said...

Lovely.

gwensews said...

That's very pretty. I'm not usually successful at roll-hemming edges of lace. I will try your method. Beautiful top and cardi.

AllisonC said...

This is a great take on a twinset, really beautiful work.

Bunny said...

So lovely. I have a feeling this will see much use being such wonderful fabric and such a classic design.

Allison said...

Wow, Sigrid. What a beautiful, elegant set.