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Acorns to Oaktrees

June 12th, 2007 at 1:46 pm

Cheongsam

in: Sewing
cheongsam
Cheongsam and PJ bottoms

You can’t tell in the picture, especially since I just pressed it, but the closure gapes. I use sew in snaps to keep it closed. I lengthened the back piece by a couple of inches because on the first version, it gaped so bad that you could see my skin. I mean, there just wasn’t enough overlap between the 2 layers.

I did not alter the front piece. This piece is cut on the “bias” or whatever you would call it on a knit, and it stretches like crazy. I ran a line of serger overlock along the edge to gather it up, but I didn’t gather it enough or it slipped or something. Anyway, I love the top, but I still don’t like the closure.

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Version 3, inside out

So I’m on version 3. For this one, I kept the extension on the back front piece, and I decided to cut and interface a facing. You can see the facing, sorta, in the Version 3, inside out image. I cut the facing “on grain”. I didn’t want it to stretch. I made it the same length as the front front piece where the opening is. (Hm, that could use a picture.) After interfacing it, I checked it to make sure it had not stretched. I wasn’t going to run a line serger overlock on the front-front piece. I figured that I didn’t need the bulk, but it was almost twice as long as the facing, so I serged it and pulled the needle threads to shrink it back up.

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Version 3, right side out

In the closeup, with the flash, I’m not thrilled with the seam allowance showthru (cf. Version 3, right side out). However, IRL, I don’t think it shows that much.

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Progress, so far.

I was maid-of-honor for a girlfriend, and the first bridesmade dress she picked out for me was aubergine with a high neck. I felt like a big eggplant in it. I’m wondering how I’ll feel in in this top. It’s a whole lotta pink which ordinarily would be just fine with me, but the high neck makes me a wee bit nervous.


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