Monday, June 28, 2010
Butterick 3526 Unwrapped
It's all about fit. I got the hips perfect and the butt was really close. Where I fell off was the waist. No matter how I tried, I couldn't get it small enough. At the 11th hour, I came up with a new design element - an asymmetrical wrap skirt! (Necessity and desperation are the mothers of invention.) I was able to get the waist tight enough and it gave me more length in the front (advantageous when sitting in an elevated choir stand). I actually like the way it looks.
I added a snap to the front and tacked the skirt in place. I think the left side looks really cool.
The choir's uniform was a summer color blouse and denim skirt. I wanted either orange or pink. I decided to get my shoes from eBay and I figured orange would be easier to match than pink (how wrong I was.)
Aren't these cute?
Shout out to Sears for the only orange shirt I could find within the State Street shopping area. Who knew coral would be more popular than orange right now? I needed it in medium, but all they had was a small. I went online and searched at every Sears. Small was the only size left in Chicagoland!
I don't know if this was the right thing to do, but for seaming, I used a heavy duty C&C thread. None of the denim threads on the market were dark enough. The fabric was a stretch denim, so I used a 90/14 stretch needle. Why aren't there there any 16/100 or 18/110 stretch needles?
The topstitching was no problem; I used two strands of orange thread and a topstiching needle. There are maybe five places on the entire skirt where one of the threads wasn't pulled tight enough in the stitch. I wonder if it's because of the stretch fabric.
Anyhoo, I'll keep adjusting this pattern until I get it right. I'd like to have this in khaki and black denim (both without the asymmetry). I'll be on the lookout for a dark wash denim in a lighter weight too. Three should get me through the summer and my choir needs.