It’s always great to support online fabric stores. Especially ones you know are doing their research and supplying sustainable fabrics that are good for our planet and the people making them.
It’s also great that Polina, who has a wealth of knowledge from the fashion industry made this leap of faith during the first lockdown when she was made redundant.
I choose Crinkle Cotton in Powder as I’m obsessed with pink and I thought the structure would be a challenge to make up. I received 2 metres it is narrow due to the elastic but I ironed it rightly or wrongly to stretch it a little before I cut into it.
I took me ages to decide on a pattern, eventually I choose the simple shape or the #adrienneblouse @fridaypatterncompany it’s great beginners knit pattern for any beginners to use on their sewing machine using zigzag or lightning stitch or if you have an overlocker too.
I also choose to hem fold under and sew on the top of the fabric to make the channels for the elastic on the sleeves, to give an even stitch line on the exterior.
I always use these plastic clips when using the overlocker nowadays after having a very expensive accident sewing over a pin. So be warned.
When joining the sleeves I start at the underarm join and overlock up to the front then the back so you can get the front matching.
To create a neat finish continue sewing with the overlocker so you will end up with 4 tails of overlocker thread. 2 at the front 2 at the back. Thread using a darning needle sew it back along the seam line to secure the join and give a really neat finish. Continue to do this until the front neckline is completed.
With the remnants I am going to match to a woven fabric to use for a back panel in a top or dress can you imagine the time saved not having to spend all that time shirring!