McCalls 3650 – fabric

It’s been hot, until Christmas and now it’s cool but humid. I’ve been wanting to make up this fabric all year because the cream lace is sewn onto the fabric. When I saw it at The Remant Warehouse I just saw it as a lovely piece that could possibly be anything. It’s soft, drapes well, provides the opportunity to use just the base and it’s a strong red base. I also liked the fact that a rolled hem on the overlocker was the best hem finish idea.

Last year I bought some red lace on ebay and it’s a perfect match for this fabric. Believe me there was no planning regarding either the lace or fabric purchase.

I’ve used french seam finishes on the side seams. The sleeve hems are overlocked as are the sleeve and neckline hems. I’ve used the wider swimwear elastic because it’s clear but strong. The red lace has been used on the sleeve and waist elastic casing on the rightside of the top.

I did have to loosen the elastic gathering all over the top so that it didn’t look too much like a clown top. The neckline has some depth to it without looking too frumpy. I’ve also used a rolled hem on my overlocker (remove the left needle thread).
I’m not sure when I’ll wear this. I do have plenty more of this so I might try a soft skirt/top or try a ’40’s style dress.

Quick slip of desperation

Last week I decided to wear my purple/grey knit dress (McCall 8557) to work. I’d made the dress from fabric I bought in Melbourne in March and the weather was right – not too hot and definitely not freezing. I had the shoes to match. Because I wore the dress to work, I wore stockings.

The problem was static cling (no picture required here) with my stockings. I felt like a cling wrap piece of chicken. In desperation, I found a stash of tricot knit that I bought at a factory clearance, measured my widest hip measurement (derriere) and cut the fabric so it was above the knee.

I grabbed some basic skinny white elastic and zigzagged it onto the waistline.

On the weekend I added this lace and it’s kind of ruffled, when not stretched. I’ll keep my eye out for some stretch boned coloured elastic and make a second ‘quick slip’ with a bit more time and skill.
I’ve since been told there are products to stop static cling (‘chicken cling wrap), as well as rubbing moisturiser over your legs when you wear stockings.