20 August 2011

Bustier Top Blues


Oh dear. This didn't turn out brilliantly. It's wearable. But wonky. And wiggly. I followed Zoe's extremely comprehensive tutorial to make this bustier line t-shirt - part 1 here and part 2 here. I say "followed" but I was feeling a bit complacent and skim read it to get the basic idea and made my own way. Had I paid more attention I would have heeded Zoe's warning to choose two fabrics of similar weight...


I already had a basic t-shirt pattern drafted. I drew in the bustier seam line and traced off two panels for the front and two for the back with seam allowances. So far so good.


What's wrong with this picture? When I took the above photo I was feeling pretty smug, swooning over the well-defined lines on the pre-stitched pieces. Sharp-eyed seamsters amongst you will probably be shaking your heads, having spotted two problems. Firstly, the white fabric is much lighter weight than the navy fabric, as previously mentioned, meaning that the top bit doesn't sit right. Secondly, the concave point of the sweetheart line is way too sharp. How on earth was I going to negotiate that point with my serger knife and triple threads?


Badly, is the answer. Just look at this mess! I had to go over it about five times, softening the angle each time until it looked vaguely symmetrical. If you're thinking of making a top like this, I urge you to listen to Zoe's advice to pick fabrics of similar weight and don't try to be too ambitious with your sweetheart shape - the smoother the line the better. I've learnt my lesson.

[Soundtrack: 'Stop All the Buses' by Cecil Augusta]

18 comments:

  1. I hope you have another go, Tilly, because you would knock 'em dead in that top. Thanks for the heads up!

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  2. Oh no, what a shame! Your combo has great potential though, so maybe you could get a different white fabric and try again? I'm sure it would work out better next time ;o)

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  3. Woops, I see what you mean, but the white and polka dot combo works so well I hope you have another go at it!

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  4. Isn't it funny how we get these ideas in our heads, then suddenly it's like...what was I thinking. Still, it doesn't look too bad, you can still wear it and the colour combo works well. I hope you try it again!

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  5. Wouldn't it be easier to sew the seam then finish the edge with the serger? Looks great from the outside.

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  6. I would sew the line with a normal straight stitch, as it won't need ta huge amount of stretch.also you could try using vilene iron on interfacing for knits & iron a thin strip on the seam allowance/sewing line of the thinner fabric to stabilize it.

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  7. The end result is adorable! And no one is going to look at your serging on the wrong side. I also say ditto to Gail and Fleur's suggestions for the next one. There *will* be a next one, right? :-)

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  8. oh darn! I hate that waste of time, effort and fabric but at the very least it's a learning experience (that's what I tell myself all the time anyway!)

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  9. I really like the polka dots and the idea of using a slighlty sheer fabric for the top part. Sorry it did not turn out the way you wanted! I do not think it looks too bad, though.

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  10. Aw shame... in one respect. But on the positive side, mistakes are always good for learning something new. I do hope you try again because the combo of fabrics and the shape of the design rocks on you!

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  11. I think it looks just fine! I could see this under a fitted navy blazer. Very cute.
    I just used a straight stitch across the bustier line when I made my two tees. Then I pressed the seam allowances down and top stitched it. It seemed to work just fine. I used a zigzag stitch everywhere else.

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  12. Aw! Your color/pattern choice is fantastic - I do hope you try again... thanks for the lessons learned post!

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  13. Eeep! If it's any consolation, we all have projects that end up a bit... shall I say with "more character"... thank others. Like everyone else, the idea is adorable though--definitely think you should try it again in the future! :) Don't let it discourage you. ;)

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  14. meh, it's nothing to worry about , Love, because you are HOT in it!

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  15. Awww... I've done the same thing many times. (I think I've finally learnt my lesson). Is that stretch fabric? I avoid stretch fabric, I find that home made stretch garments almost always look home made.

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  16. I hope you'll give it another go -it's a really cute top and I think will be great on you!

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  17. It still looks very cute, and I love the fabric combo! :)

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  18. I love the polka dots and I love that you show the inside of a garment as well. It may not be perfect but honestly who cares. I think as a seamstress one is much to worried about seams of clothes. Sure it doesn't look perfect from the inside, but if you look at clothes you buy at a store and check the seams carefully you will also often find imperfect ones.

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