This was the first piece of vintage fabric I bought – about four years ago – and the piece that made me want to start sewing clothes. I’m glad I waited this long to use it – it was a nightmare to sew.
Fortunately, I chose a simple pattern, a circle skirt on a yolk, from Prima Magazine February 2010. If I’d gone for a more complicated pattern we would be looking at a sad heap of fabric!
The fabric is crepe, and it seemed fine at first. Very drapey, but stable. Oh no it wasn’t! Once it was cut, it stretched, and stretched…. None of the pieces fit together. I underlined in silk cotton, which helped. And then I just worked at it, a little at a time. Lots of hand stitching, lots of unpicking. It spent weeks hanging in the wardrobe before I hemmed it.
But now it is done – hurray! – and I am happy. It is wonderfully drapey and swishy to wear.
Do you have any tips for handling this kind of fabric? I’m thinking ‘never again’ at the moment, but who knows!