Added Mar 14, 2012
by Julia Morley
I made a black lace and satin blouse for the VintageModern Design Challenge. This one is a day too late for the contest, but I enjoyed working with the simple pattern it came from so this one is just a variation on it – the pattern is cut roughly the same as the first one. I made it last weekend and unfortunately I didn’t manage to photograph it in time to get it in for the design challenge, but I wanted to share it anyway.
The original pattern called for sateen and the line from the free patten in Indygo Junction:“http://www.indygojunction.com” had me sold at first read “Grandmother’s Prize petticoat was made of sateen. Cotton satin, some call this lovely old-new fabric. It has sheen, it washes easily, wears well, and looks lovely.” Indeed, it was a wonderful fabric to work with, just as described and with a beautiful firm feel to it. Mine was actually stretch sateen (97% cotton, 3% spandex), and that little bit of stretch made it absolutely perfect.
The touch I really wanted to add was the lace applique hearts, inspired by a technique I saw here on BurdaStyle. I used iron-on interfacing to stabilize the sateen and rather than using a narrow zigzag, I actually used the buttonhole function on my sewing machine to get the very dense zigzag. Considering that my sewing machine is not the most graceful machine in the world, it handled the task quite well.
Stretch cotton sateen, lace
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