Added Mar 28, 2014
I’ve been holding onto the materials for this project across four years and three states, and finally decided to bite the bullet and take the plunge (to mix metaphors- apologies to non-native English speakers!).
So as everyone else said, the instructions for this project are…enigmatic. But I managed to figure it out without a lot of prior sewing experience, so don’t let that scare you off from trying this pattern. You might just have to count on spending some extra time reinventing the wheel, especially when it comes to the pleated insets.
The instructions say that the pattern has seam allowances included, but the only way that I could figure out how to make the pleat insets work was by adding a 5/8" seam allowance to them. I pressed the folds as directed, then treated it like insetting a godet (I also had to use the lines on the front and back pattern pieces that look like they might be cut lines as seam lines, then cut up the middle into a ‘T’ after sewing an inset to one side for this to work). There were some twisty confusing Mobius strip moments, but it all worked out?
The whole thing could probably have done with a thorough final pressing before being photographed, and my facing is hilariously embarrassing, so no pictures of the inside. Also not going to actually state the number of hours this took me to work through, but this project combined my natural turtle’s pace and general sewing inexperience with making my own bias tape/piping, and it only went downhill from there.
Blue-grey silk shantung, brown silk piping, silk organza interfacing, brassy patterned metal buttons
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