After not having access to a car for six months I finally broke and signed up for Zipcar, which offers hourly rental on cars parked throughout the city, because G Street Fabrics was having a "Scissor Sharpening Event" and I really wanted my scissors sharpened. I was not the only one. I think the sharpening team they brought in (a husband and wife) was a little overwhelmed. There was a forest of scissors piled at their feet when I stood in line to hand over mine and they'd been there less than an hour. They had already reached the point of telling people their scissors wouldn't be ready until Sunday or Monday. I was a little concerned because I had rented a car specifically for the purpose of getting my scissors sharpened. Rental is quite expensive and I didn't want to have to pay for a car again the next day. I explained my situation and they kindly said they'd make sure that my scissors would be done in time for me to return the car.
Fashion Sewing Club has gone on summer hiatus in the past, but this year it has gone year-round, so I got to attend and see people I hadn't seen in ages. The topic was beach wear. Mmmmmmm, beach.
I had told myself no fabric, but I am weak. The $2.97/yd table was piled high and among the piles were many colors of rayon knits. I normally stay away from rayon knit because it is generally too lightweight for my taste and pills within a few washes. However, drapey, ruffly, flouncey t-shirts are the style right now and rayon knits are great for those. So I got four colors.
There was a sale on, so silk novelties were at $5.22/yd (normally $6.97). I saw a woman holding up that silk jersey and I started sending her "Don't buy that" rays with my mind. Luckily, she walked away. It appears that this border print motif was printed as a repeating panel on the jersey, rather than with the border along the selvage, which makes sense because then you keep the stretch along the cross-grain. For sale, G Street had cut the panels apart, each about a yard in length. There were three panels on the table. I got all three.
I'd like to make this up soon, but am in a bit of a dilemma for a pattern. There are two issues. First, the motif (fabric width) is about
Here are the patterns I did pick up. The two New Looks were sort of impulse purchases. I like the basic shape of the dress with the collar variation, and the skirt is really cute and could be an alternative to a pencil skirt. I like the interesting but office-appropriate B5353 Muse dress with the neck binding (I've had good luck with that pattern line in the past); the princess seams will be flattering and the skirt is not overly fitted. I like the faux wrap look of B5485. And a nice tee variation like B5497 is always appreciated (maybe for one of my new rayon knits...).
When I mentioned that I had bought 10 yards of batiste and was in a dilemma as to how to pretreat it, several people recommended folding the length into thirds or quarters and then sewing all the thicknesses together at the selvage and the fold (TracyKM and Rose posted at almost the same time).
Genius suggestion! The photo at right is the result after washing. With the fabric folded in half selvage-to-selvage, I folded the length into quarters. I stitched on my longest stitch length in a dark thread so it would be easier to unpick (it is slow going to unpick through all those layers, though) and tossed in the washer and dryer. It came out of the dryer still slightly damp on the inside so I hung it up on the shower rod in the spare bathroom for a few days to finish drying.
The last time I washed a length of batiste it came out practically pleated, and it's a good thing I use it only for lining because no amount of pressing would completely eradicate all the wrinkle lines. The difference is huge! Thank you for the fabulous suggestion. I highly recommend this as a method for pre-washing long lengths of lightweight fabric.