When you are given the chance to sew anything with Sly Fox Fabric… you politely say thank you and grin…ear to ear…Cheshire cat style. This was the fabric I was given. Spring Fling in Chambray and by luck I had the Dark Mauve Stripes in my stash. 🙂 Rayon Spandex and Double Brushed Poly.
I spent several days deciding which pattern I was going to use. I finally settled on Jessie by 5 out of 4 Patterns. I knew I wanted to do something a little different with the straps. So here is Jessie Version 4.0. When a pattern is this fun, you keep making them. I already blogged about my first two here.
This time I wanted a looser version that my previous shirts. I already knew that I loved the fit of the shoulders and bust area, but could easily add some flow by pivoting out the
lower half of the pattern. Cutting the pattern this way would give me an extra 4 inches at the lower hem. This would give me plenty of extra room. I added 2 inches on the fold when cutting the front and back bodice. See in the photo how the underarm point is at the fold of the fabric and then the slant begins. That’s how I gained the extra inches. So I cut all the required pieces for my tunic, but I knew instead of the straps I was going to make bows. 🙂
I know I am not really a bow kinda girl but it will be fun!So for my bow I cut a 20 inch x 5 inch piece of fabric. I used the lines of the fabric and just free cut it. I then serged the long edges together with right sides facing and turned the long tube right side out. I then cut it in half. I pinned in my wide strips at the point, test fit and did a bit if adjusting where needed. Now just follow the patterns instructions for basting and then sewing down the wide strips. I then cut 2 small strips of fabric 1 inch by 3 inches. Fold right sides together and stitch along the 3 inch side. Turn your tubes and press flat. Use these pieces to gather your “bows.” Hand stitch closed and trim extra edges. Turn small strip inside out so the stitch doesn’t show when wore. This photo is the inside of shirt. You can now see my little bows!!! So are you ready for the big reveal???
This fabric sewed up beautifully. I used my serger for the basic construction and my regular sewing machine for all the basting and hemming. It is soft, lightweight, and a beautiful print and a lovely spring shade of blue. This fabric is a new release from Sly Fox Fabrics and currently available on their website. New customers get 25% off their first order and everyone can join the serger giveaway on the website!