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InstructionsThis small, dark, floral print, with lavenders, teals, and metallic silver on a black background, is so busy that the design details would be all but invisible. I had some ancient silver Sliver decorative topstitching thread laying around, so I used it in my bobbin ( it's MUCH easier to work with Sliver in the bobbin rather than the needle!) to topstich all the hems and edges so they would be ...
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Type of item: Clothing
Style: Romantic, Retro / Vintage, Funky, Whimsical, Traditional
Rayon challis, Silver Sliver topstitsching thread.
What was your inspiration?
The rayon challis was very inexpensive; I had the silver Sliver tossed in a drawer; and I scraped the bottom of my button box for the bright silver buttons, in two sizes: so what?! I hadn't worn a capelet blouse since the '80's, and I hoped this style would skim my figure and give the eye something interesting to look at other than my shape underneath. I was a little worried that this design would make me look like a walking haystack, but I really like it. I will wear it with jeans or black slacks.There is a lot of movement and swing in this top, which is good, and the metallic print, topstitching, and the wacky buttons make it funky and fun.
What are you most proud of?
Making a fun, funky top for less than $20, and "making it work."
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Sliver is a fun topstitching thread, but it is notoriously tricky to work with since it stretches and breaks! It's like sewing with cellophane. There are special home sewing machine needles that help, but they don't exist (as far as I know) for my commercial machine, so I used it in the bobbin. The silver did not break once! An edge stitching foot makes topstitiching fast and accurate, too.