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And even more fabric manipulation.

January 21, 2018

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After I finished the black fleece hoodie with the wrap around collar, I couldn’t help myself–I had to make another. I made the second one out of plum Polartec. The color is not good in the pictures, but it’s a deep plum. I used black pleather to bind the edges.

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Once I made the hoodies, my interest in/addiction to fabric manipulation grew. While I was Pinteresting, I came across the book below and ordered it right away.

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Thanks to Amazon, I had it in two days and started studying right away. Then on Wednesday, we had a snow storm and schools were canceled. I took it as a sign that the fabric manipulation gods wanted me try a new technique. I decided to try the in-seam technique that Ruth Singer described in her book.

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I used my Accuquilt Go  to cut 26 small circles out of grey Polartec. I decided to add these to seams that join the sleeves to the body of the top.

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I pinned the circles on to the front and back and then basted them in place. I then trimmed the excess circle off.

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I was a little worried that these half circles would wrinkle or flap around, so I stitched around the edge of each circle. After the top was assembled, it created a scalloped effect.

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When the weekend rolled around, I decided to try to replicate a flower/sun design that I saw on Pinterest. I used Jalie 3667 again and cut the bodice out of this faux-suede, scuba that I found at Joann’s. I drew the design and cut the openings.

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I was a little concerned that the scuba my fray or pill, so I used an lighter and singed the cuts that I made. It really helped clean-up and stabilize the cuts.

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I then based the scuba piece to a second front piece that I had cut out of some sturdy black knit. I also sewed inch long lines between each opening. I did this so that when I began folding the fabric, the scuba would remain connected to the backing.

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Once I had the scuba and black knit attached, I folded the petals up and sewed them together.

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I cut sleeves out of some black quilted fabric, and then added black ribbing on the neckline and cuffs.

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I really dig it. I know I can’t make a ton of these–one can only have so many origami flowers in one’s wardrobe–but I really like how it turned out. I kind of want to make another one. Is two too many?

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2 Comments
  1. Barbara J permalink

    All of your experiments are so inspiring. I WILL be stealing that scallop one, you can count on it!

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