Last year (it’s still weird calling 2013 “last year”), Philippa and I challenged each other to make a project out of scrap fabric. After sharing some inspiration and putting some thought into it, I decided to try making a camisole out of my bag of silk scraps. I had ambitions of piecing really tiny scraps, but given my relative inexperience with silk I decided to go with more substantial chunks left from my wedding dress.
Another obstacle was feeling overwhelmed by possibilities – a camisole is a simple garment but the piecing options are limitless! In the end, I focused on a piece by Tocca that was close in color to my fabric.
I used Simplicity 9296, a vintage camisole pattern, as a base. All the views are intended to be cut on the bias, but I didn’t have enough fabric. I’d used the pattern once before and knew that there was enough ease for me to cut on the grain.
My original plan was to make a stripe of habotai going through charmeuse. When I actually finished my French seams, I liked it much better inside out! The seams created an interesting line, and I just didn’t like the charmeuse. Now the dull sides of the charmeuse show, and I think it’s really pretty.
Instead of making a facing, I lined the entire camisole with habotai. I didn’t have enough charmeuse for the back, so I used habotai there as well.
The light was waning as we took these pictures, so they’re pretty grainy! They give you an idea as to how the camisole looks on me, though. I’m really liking the V-neckline with spaghetti straps.
Even though I used matching fabric, this project was truly a challenge! The layout was dependent on the size of my scraps, and I had to cut carefully because I didn’t have any spare fabric if I made a mistake. I wanted to get a bit more experimental with color-blocking, but my scraps didn’t look good with one another. I think the uncertainty and required forethought made me procrastinate on this project quite a bit, too.
Now that I’ve completed it, however, I’ve been considering another pieced scrap project! I’ve certainly got the supplies for it.
Have you seen any beautifully pieced garments lately, from sewing blogs, RTW, haute couture? Please share! And go see what Philippa’s been piecing together over at Gloria & Me!