Oh my gosh, a garment!
You might remember that in February, while at Birds of a Feather, I bought this rayon batik and pattern while under the peer-pressure influence of my friend. Like the batik fabrics I cut yesterday, I didn't want this fabric sitting around too long. But on further investigation I didn't want to make this top because it has a long zipper down the back and I don't like wearing things with long zippers. I'm all about comfort in my life now.
So off to the web I went and found this pattern. I love tunics and thought this might be a pattern that I could make over and over. If this goes well, that long tunic, View D, could be the ohly thing I wear this summer over leggings.
While I prewashed and machine dried the fabric I made a muslin. I used to make garments all the time and fitting was a big deal for me. I'm narrow in the back than my bust size needs and I'm short. So muslins are a must. Plus it let me practice with that gigantic 5/8th seam allowance!
I remember when I started making quilt I thought that skinny 1/4" seam allowance was insane. Now the 5/8" seems almost wasteful.
The hardest part of the whole thing was getting the batik fabric folded on grain. You can see on the top pattern piece where I made the bust alteration.
I even got to use my serger for exactly what I bought it for - finishing seam allowances!
From making the muslin to hanging it on this hanger took only about 3 hours. You can't see the seam details here but I love how it turned out. It fits great and is flattering. If you scroll back up to the pattern photo, I made view A. I'll shorten the next one a bit, but otherwise I love it.
Here's the front hem detail. For the next one I will change the neckline finish to a facing but otherwise, I'll be able to simply cut and sew.
You will not be surprised to hear that I have a small stash of garment fabrics that I kept and this gradient silk is one of them. I think it would look great in this pattern.
I think this Ikat would look great with black in the long view D. I don't really need new projects but the speed and low cost of these would make my summer wardrobe really easy!
3/23/2018 10:41:19 am
that is a great top. and do you now take the muslin top and dye it to your liking and have another top? that's what i would do. great job
3/23/2018 12:32:08 pm
appears to me you are very good at dressmaking, I wouldn't give up on your first pattern, just adjust the neckline and make a back seam and go....
3/23/2018 01:04:30 pm
I like this batik top. I garment made for over 20 yrs and I never would have thought to use batiks for my garments. Kudos to you.
3/23/2018 09:17:27 pm
Yippee! A garment! I can’t wait to see it on you.
Vicki in MN
3/24/2018 08:33:57 am
I was very interested in this post as I am planning an Island Batik rayon shirt soon. I have never worked with rayon before. What thread and needle size? Anything special I need to know? Your shirt looks wonderful! You need to model it for us.
3/24/2018 08:48:29 am
I agree with Lynda H. You could adjust that first pattern a bit and use it without the zipper. Or maybe adjust the front and add a neckline zipper or buttons.
3/24/2018 08:50:12 am
I also should have mentioned just how much I love the batik top. The silk gradient will make a lovely top with a delightful drape.
3/26/2018 07:27:55 am
Both pattern tops are cute, but it is next to impossible to zip up a back zipper by yourself! Your top turned out so pretty! I always wonder what anyone would do with the rayon batik and now I know!
I cannot sew worth beans. Well, let me rephrase that, sewing causes me to be in a bad mood. I think it has to do with the fact that I do not speak sewing language. So I get frustrated and just wing it! Besides, I'm allergic to zippers. Nice garment! I think a summer skirt would look nice in batiks. Yea, it's still at the thinking stage! Cheers!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.