When I tried taking out the larger facing section, I created a tad bit of a tear...the fabric is almost cheesecloth gauze. One thing after the other right....oh well. I did persevere to get the look I wanted. All the flower embroidery designs were standard on my machine...the BERNINA 780, which I have on loan. The decorative stitching was done on my personal machine the BERNINA 640, which I bought myself. If really was an afterthought that I added while out of town. I carry my B640 on trips to the vacation condo whenever I leave town.
This was my first time doing embroidery on such an extremely gauzy sheer fabric. I learned a few tips along the way....
- Use a good self adhesive tearaway- wash away stabilizer in the area to be embroidered.
- hoop the stabilizer only, not the garment piece because it may stretch the gauze
- gently adhere the fabric piece over the stabilizer securely
- when done, do not wash the stabilizer out until you are complete finished sewing the garment (This I learned the hard way....because the fabric became very difficult to handle, and can cause tears.)
- Use the gold embroidery needles, they have a coating that doesn't stick to the adhesive.
Simplicity 1162 was used as my base pattern with the change in the facing only. Simple and too the point. I cut a size 14 and did not make any pattern alterations.
I have worn this several times already, I did not want the sleeves to have any elastic. I may go back and add some shirring at the middle of the sleeves though, so it won't get caught in anything.
BTW...Don't forget to check out my YouTube videos on fitting shirts this month. My IRL (in real life) sewing group is still working on the Iconic White Shirt.
So my videos will help you work out fit issues for the different body types. This is the playlist for the videos.
Last week was the Petite, RECTANGLE: with Balanced on top and bottom, but boxy, with little or no waist definition. body type. And this week will be the THE TRIANGLE: Small bust and/or narrow shoulders with full tummy, hips, or thighs.
Until next time....thanks for following along.