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May 24, 2017 by VintageOnTapThe Full Bust Adjustment can be a pretty tricky thing to wrap your head around, but it affects everything: even knit tops. A quick Google search for t-shirt and sweater sewing patterns can yield some amazing projects, but for some reason it escapes a lot of minds that a full bust adjustment is just as important on a wool knit garment as on a woven. For this project, I chose an elegant Indigo Wool Knit from Britex Fabrics.
April 11, 2017 by VintageOnTapWith Spring coming fast in San Francisco, sewing a spring frock was absolutely on my to do list. I decided to kick off the change in weather by sewing Vintage Vogue V8789, a modern reproduction pattern from a beautiful 1957 design.
December 21, 2016 by VintageOnTapDecember is always an excuse to drown myself in the holiday spirit, surrounding myself in red and white and gold. The opportunity to stitch up a dress for the season couldn’t be missed, so I decided to sew Butterick B5603, a pattern I’ve had in my stash for a while. Pairing up with both Britex Fabrics and fellow seamstress Allie J, I got to work.
Techniques I specifically cover in my video were the creation of silk organza strips that are used to stabilize bias cut edges including the neck, arm scythes, and the top of the skirt to prevent warping or stretching. I also discuss underlining the entire garment in silk charmeuse and break down the process, step by step.
September 26, 2016 by VintageOnTap2016 has been Vintage on Tap’s year to finally tackle sewing with knits. This year, I’ve already made three knit pieces: a bathing suit, cropped sweater, and a yummy jersey top. For this project, I was looking forward to bringing rich Fall colors into my wardrobe, so I went with a Purple Rayon Jersey Knit.
June 6, 2016 by VintageOnTap
Summertime in San Francisco can be fickle, but this year has had more beautiful days than not! Using a Designer Italian stretch cotton, I made Simplicity 8085, a 50s wrap dress which is perfect for running around the City on a sunny day. The fabric has these amazing watercolor swatches on a faux-linen background and the hand is nice and crisp for a midweight cotton. Because of the weave, it doesn’t unravel very easily, which makes this an excellent quick project. For this dress I used just shy of 3 yards on 60” wide fabric, which is a little bit on the low end for a vintage design with a full skirt (luckily my short stature helps with the skirt length!) Most dresses of this style can push 4 ½” yards, so this is a nice compromise if you’re looking for a vintage-style piece without using too much fabric.