|Top: Burda 02-2010-112 in rayon jersey, Bottom: Burda 08-2009-127 in stretch twill|
- Rayon jersey is very slinky. It's lovely to wear, but I'm not sure that the Burda design was meant for such a slinky knit. The shirt was a cinch to sew (sleeve and shirt hems are self hemmed with a twin needle, neckline is done with a bias binding then turned and stitched) but I think it would fit better if it were done up in a firmer knit. Look at how long those sleeves are on me! I think I will take them up on this version.
- After having made these pants four times, I have learned a trick for not turning a stretch woven into a sausage casing. My first pair, the red stretch twill, were uncomfortably tight for the first few wears because I pressed the fabric right before cutting the fabric pieces. The jeans and ponte versions were moderately tight because I let the fabric cool a little before cutting out. And this paid turned out just right -- not too tight, not baggy -- because the fabric cooled for more than a half hour before cutting.
- When sewing a waistband, it is easier to catch the inner waistband from the outside if I press the seam allowance before turning and stitching.
- I can use an off-color zipper in the front fly, which adds a fun element that nobody else can see!
|A wrinkly detail shot... Fly front with green zipper and button in a different shade of blue. Why be matchy-matchy?|