Sewing Updates

Remember that cardi-wrap I was so anxious to make a couple of months ago?  I was hoping to have it finished before I posted about it again, but since I seem to be sewing at a snail’s pace I thought I would give you an update.  I have actually made good progress on it.  All I have left is to sew on the sleeves and hem around the whole thing.

I haven’t decided how I’m going to hem it yet.  I’m thinking of either doing a rolled hem or a narrow overlock stitch on my serger.  With both of these options, the stitching will be visible on the outside and I think it will provide a nice contrast around the edges of the draped parts.  I will have to experiment.  I don’t think a traditional folded hem will look very good with this style or my fabric.  Many people who have made the cardi-wrap have just left it unhemmed, but I’m not a big fan of that look.  I can understand the appeal though – this top has a lot of hemming to do and it is very visible!

In other news, the fabric I ordered arrived last Friday.  I love it!  It will be perfect for the projects I have in mind.

The next project in the queue will be a top made out of this new fabric:

I would love to have it done in time for my trip to the Napa Valley next month.  Right now I am considering two different patterns.

Simplicity 2603:

It’s hard to tell from the picture, but this pattern includes a nice-looking sleeveless top with gathering at the neckline.

Jalie 2806:

Jalie 2806

I like the foldover neckline, either sleeveless or with the tulip sleeves.

I will also peruse my Ottobre Woman magazines to see if anything catches my eye.

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