Thursday, 30 October 2014

Marvellous Missonish material from Mel!

Lovely fabric!
The wonderful Poppykettle surprise-gifted me a few metres of this wide, luxurious fabric some years back. It has been ageing gracefully in the stash, being fondled and admired every time I walked past it. In all honesty, I wanted to wait until I was closer to my goal weight before sewing it. I did not want to waste it on something that would only fit for five minutes!

This particular kind of “Missonish” fabric is both easy and hard to work with. Easy because the fabric is the star without needing a complex pattern, and it is soft and forgiving on the figure. Hard, because it’s loose, has a tendency to bag out, and has no chance of holding any shaping or piecing on its own.

I think there are two ways to approach this textile. Make something that is essentially shapeless, to drape across the body, or underline each piece of the fabric to make a moderately fitted shape. The first approach would result in things like beautiful cowls or waterfall cardigans. The second allows you to make a shaped (if not fitted) dress, skirt, or top.

My first project with this fabric was a pencil skirt. McCall’s 6654 was my base pattern.

I wore this skirt to our date night at Denny's. No, I'm not joking.
I cut the knit lining first from the same pattern and then used it as a template on the main fabric. I would never cut this knit on the fold – it’s much too loose and shifty. Using a template on a flat layout also means that you can line up the stripes as best as possible.

The seams on the shell were all sewed with a narrow zigzag. While it doesn’t ravel too easily, the seams definitely need either two lines of stitching or finishing on all the cut edges. On the plus side, it doesn’t need cutting or finishing on the selvedge. I’ve used mine as the hem! Yay for a quick clean finish.

Nugget just has to be within one metre of his humans at all times.
I sewed the lining with slightly wider seam allowances (thus making it a tiny bit smaller than the shell). Then it was simply attached at the waist, with right sides together. Next I sewed a piece of non-roll elastic into a circle. I placed this at the seam line, flipped the lining to the inside, and sewed directly under the elastic. Voila! Encased elastic waist.
This knit has a tendency to grow in all directions, but the greatest stretch direction would mean vertical lines on the skirt. It wouldn’t look “Missonish” to sew it like that though. If the skirt grows too much during wear (it hasn’t yet), I could tack the side seams to the lining.

I think I'm standing strangely because I haven't worn heels for months.

The great thing is that I used less than half the fabric to make this skirt, so I have plenty for another garment. I’m thinking about making a lined t-shirt (maybe even slightly cropped!). Or possibly a tank. Something that would look like a suit/dress, but works well for separates.

Maybe a whole outfit? Too much? (I don't care)
Have you ever used a fabric that you were afraid to cut? Have you ever had a surprise gift that makes you smile whenever you see it?

6 comments:

  1. A very nice skirt with lovely fabric. I think that cropped top would be great with it.

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    1. Thank you :-) I haven't worn a crop top for about 20 years, but I'm not planning to make it too short... nobody needs to see my stomach in public!

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  3. I love this outfit on you! Glad you finally got a chance to use this great fabric.

    I just finished up a shearling jacket last night. It is probably my most expensive project ever. I had this big box of skins sitting around for nearly a year because I was having difficulty finding a pattern that would work with the 2-4 square foot skins, AND I'm the person that rarely makes a project without grabbing the seam ripper. I also never worked with leather, let alone shearling, before.

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  4. Oh it's so lovely to see it made up! And the colours suit you just as well as I had thought they might :) Looking forward to seeing what you do with the other half!
    And you're looking amazing btw. I recall when I lost a fair bit of weight probably about 7 or so years ago now (about 18kg?) that it took a long time for my mind to catch up with where my body was at. I'd be curious to know if you're noticing the same thing?

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  5. This fabric is really special! I've never seen anything like it before - I can understand why you thought so carefully about what to make with it :) I didn't realize it was a knit when I saw the first pic, it looks like loose woven - like suiting or jacketing, and the colours/pattern are really stunning :) Really love the skirt - looking forward to seeing the matching top! ^_^

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