The March challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors is to try a new technique. I went all in and decided to make myself an article of clothing with my rayon fabric. I originally received a length of red rayon, but I traded with Sally Manke for this gorgeous lavender, as red isn’t really my color.
I’m generously proportioned, so I am limited in which items of clothing I can make with two yards of fabric. I decided to go with this flowy tank top from Simplicity. (View D).
First challenge – what the heck are all of these pieces? I finally figured out what I was doing, and decided to skip the pockets on the front of the shirt. It’s a good thing I skipped them, because all of the pieces wouldn’t have fit, anyway.
Over the weekend I managed to get all of the pieces assembled, laid out, and cut. (Jeremy was more interested in me putting together a new grill with him, and then smoking pork chops than listening to me whine and grumble over how to make a shirt.) Also, I dug out my Pellon SF101 to use as interfacing, which was a mistake.
Putting the pieces together was challenging. Rayon is wiggly. It is gorgeous, and feels great but it wiggles a lot. I also discovered that despite my intense focus, I managed to cut off some of those notch things I was supposed to leave to line pieces up. Whoops. Cutting with scissors is hard.
Here is my finished shirt. I think Pellon SF101 is not the right weight of interfacing. I’m also not sure why I would use a facing to line the neckline and armholes – it is just making everything wavy and uncooperative. I’ll be bringing this in to consult with the girls at my quilting group next week. Many of them have garment sewing experience and will give me good advice. I’m inclined to take out the facing parts and just hem the neckline and armhole.
I feel like I am letting Island Batik down this month, because I did the challenge, but I did not enjoy it. It is not a fault of the fabric, which is gorgeous. If you enjoy garment sewing, try out the batik rayon. It is beyond gorgeous, and feels great.
I will stick with quilting for now. I prefer feeling like an expert when I’m in my studio. I may do a little test with my scraps and see how the rayon quilts up.
Check out the rest of the Island Batik Ambassador’s and their projects. I’m part of an amazing group of makers.
Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy
Anita at Quilt in a not-Shell
Anna at Ark Angel Creations
Anne at Sweetgrass Designs
Barbara at Bejeweled Quilts
Bea at BeaQuilter
Carole at Carole Lyles Shaw
Connie at Freemotion by the River
Connie at Kauffman Designs
Dione at Clever Chameleon
Geraldine at Living Water Quilter
Jackie at If These Threads Could Talk
Janet at Whispers of Yore
Jeanette at Inchworm Fabrics
Jen at Patterns by Jen
Jennifer at Curlicue Creations
Jennifer at Dizzy Quilter <— me!
Jennifer at Inquiring Quilter
Jessica at Desert Bloom Quilting
Joan at Moosestash Quilting
Joyce at heARTs Creations
Karen at Sew Karen-ly Created
Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Mania at Mania for Quilts
Maryellen at Mary Mack Made Mine
Michelle at Creative Blonde
Myra at Busy Hands Quilts
Nancy at Masterpiece Quilting
Pamela at PamelaQuilts
Sally at Sally Manke
Sandra at MMM Quilts
Sarah at Sarah Goer Quilts
Sharon at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Stephanie at Steph Jacobson
Suzy at Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Teri at Lizard Creek Quilts
Tina at Quilting Affection Designs
Toby at Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Turid at Den Syende Himmel
Vicki at Vicki’s Crafts & Quilting