I'm back to sewing some clothes again. I made a pattern for a loose carefree top based on a top I purchased recently. I've been testing out my pattern and have made a few adjustments here and there.. Perhaps by the 3rd or 4th time I sew this top, I'll get the pattern just right.
The collar on this top is really interesting. It looks like it's ruffled and it stands up quite nicely. The secret is 1/4" wide flexible boning sewn between the collar and the facing.
Here's a picture of the top:
I went to a local bridal supply store and bought the only boning they had. Way too stiff! Then I went to a local discount fabric store and found some 1/2" flexible bonding. I decided to cut it down the middle to give me the 1/4" wide flexible boning that I needed. It's not quite as pliable as the original, but I think it works just fine.
It's been really fun to use my serger and quickly sew up new clothes. This material was some of the cheap stuff I bought at the stash bazaar; when my friends ambushed me at the door with stacks of green fabric. I think this was just the right pattern to use that fabric. What do you think?