Saturday, March 1, 2014

lining for my Wiksten tunic


So I did end up lining my Nani IRO Wiksten tunic (with very purple lining fabric). You know, the one that kept crawling up my leggings. The lining makes a huge difference, not just with the embarrassing cling but also improves the drape. It was well worth the effort, even though lining it after it was already made was more of a pain.


I simply cut out another front and back from the pattern in lining fabric, then cut off about .75 inch allowance all around the neck and armholes so it wouldn't show underneath. I also cut off an inch from the hem. After I sewed the front and back together, I finished all the raw edges by zig zagging them with matching thread. Simple simple:


Then to attach it to the inside of the tunic I hand sewed it wrong sides facing just in certain spots: at the shoulder seams, underarms, and two spots close to the hem on the side seams. Voila. I will now shock you with a real life picture of my school room:



Sorry for the blurry mirror shots and also for the smeary handprints that are featured in the foreground. It reminds me of a magnet I saw the other day: 'Please excuse the mess but we live here.'

11 comments:

  1. Perfect! And awesome color choice!

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  2. It's really nice on, will be a versatile top as it would look good with a long sleeve top under it too on cold days.

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    1. Thank you, Craftysquirrel! The style is versatile. I'd like to make more.

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  3. Very nice! Sewing clothes still kinda terrifies me, I have to say. You did a great job with this one. Love your shoes too. :)

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    1. Skooks, how many times do I have to say it? If I can do this, MOST certainly you can. Haha. And thanks about those shoes!

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  4. this looks adorable. i am really interested in repairing, and upcycling existing clothes. and it looks lovely on you.

    but what i'm really panting for is your PARTRIDGE AND A PEAR pattern. dude.

    and....


    http://66.70.65.198/wp-content/uploads/8-MAIDS-A-MILKING.jpg


    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_3PlIr5QRbVg/TSJNpWHTpwI/AAAAAAAAAw0/WDo-GvlxLWw/s400/KDD_12DAYS_Day-10.jpg

    you see i have BIG PLANS for you. ;-)

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    1. haha, Jeanette, you are looking way ahead aren't you? Yes indeedy, I still am working on the Partridge and Pears...probably be March sometime!

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    2. so looking forward. in terms of upcycling clothes -- i don't know how interested you are in that -- i totally lack the skills -- BUT, this vintage british book has all kinds of fabulous ideas. it's called The Pictorial Guide to Modern Home Needlecraft, Odhams is the author and publisher, and it is from the WW2 era when fabric was rationed. So there are all kinds of well-illustrated tutes on how to make maternity dresses out of two old ones, a child's dress from a skirt, a child's coat from a man's, and so on. The only actual upcycling I've done was to make a hot water bottle cover out of a thrift store sweater vest. Big wuh!
      In any case, I look forward to all your posts and check in daily. Thank you.

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    3. Hey, Jeannette, that book sounds really interesting! I don't post daily, just so's you know...it happens maybe twice a week! If you sign up for the email, it will come right to your inbox. ;-)

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  5. Oooh! I really like that pattern! It turned out super cute, and good to know about the difference the lining makes. Love the polka dots too...thanks for sharing! :)

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