Every year, the Rocklin Neighborhood ASG Group has a fabric challenge. And it's not your average challenge. Some of us dread this event and others look forward to it with great anticipation.
Our lovely fabrics are some of the leftovers from our annual garage sale that didn't sell - so you can imagine we get some beauties! Each piece is in a brown bag and you never know what you are going to get. Well, two years ago, this lovely piece was selected by an unsuspecting member who hated it. I, on the other hand, absolutely loved it when it came out of the bag and asked if she would mind trading. Naturally, she was glad to trade and I was so excited!
It's a cheap piece of polyester, silky type fabric, but I knew I had some purple wool at home that would match perfectly with it! Our challenge was to make something, anything, out of our delightful piece of fabric and I had the perfect garment in mind.
I made the 1930's Capelet from the Decades of Style pattern company. I had been wanting to make this pattern for awhile and knew this would work out great. I originally bought this purple to go with this material, but changed my mind when the challenge fabric came about.
I made size B, following the lines for a 36" bust. The pattern only calls for 2 buttons on the front, one at the top and one at the bottom. Two buttons wasn't enough so I added the two additional ones in the middle.
The top buttonhole is an inseam buttonhole. As long as you following the pattern markings, this is fairly simple to do. As for my covered buttons, they were a bit of a challenge. Since my fabric was so thick, I couldn't get it to work with the covered button kits. After a few unsuccessful attempts, I noticed that the fabric seemed to be coming apart - as in there were two different layers to the fabric. So, I tried to carefully pull the layers apart and voila! The new "half thickness" fabric worked great for the covered buttons.
Now maybe if I would have underlined the base fabric, this ridge wouldn't show, but it's too late now - I'll just live with the ridge.
Until next time - Happy Sewing!