Vogue 8854 pattern has been used and reused, but this is the first long-sleeved version.
The fabric is a polyester knit faux-lace that
spoke to me screamed my name during a recent interfacing shopping run to the Fabric-Store-that-Shall-Not-be-Named.
It was fairly expensive but, I had a coupon (said that little voice in my head). Still such an extravagant purchase is atypical for the Destashifier.
I can hear my mother now. “I____Insert First and Middle Name___, You should have known better…”
Cue the Dirge Music….
The fabric falls apart.
The lace effect is created by knitting a portion of the design with a nylon filament. That filament is thinner than a human hair. Think a single strand of a spider web.
This filament disintegrates easily – especially when ironed, washed or worn.
I attempted to return the fabric upon discovery of its inability to remain intact, but was thwarted by the old arch nemesis “Store Policy. ”
As warmer garments are required for a trip to the frozen tundra, I decided to go ahead and sew the fabric into a long-sleeved tunic to take along.
If I wear it twice before it falls apart,
I will feel somewhat vindicated ….
- Taper width of sleeve 3″.
- Added 2″ to sleeve length and added a cuff with a “thumb hole.”
- Shortened tunic back by 3″
- Interfaced collar with 2 layers of light interfacing, and a strip of heavy interfacing in the center back.
The buttons were from the Button Stash. After looking at these photos, I may remove the two smaller buttons nearer the center front. Two buttons seem less busy.
Final Note: The nylon filament may only be spider web strand in thickness, but it is uncomfortably itching. Even though they are all serged, the seams are almost prickly!. I will have to wear a long-sleeve top under the tunic.
How frustrating but beautiful fabric. Would underlining the fabric somehow strengthen it ?
Thanks for the suggestion – I only wish that underlining would have helped.
The fabric (which as you note is both beautiful and frustrating) is actually a double layered knit. The back is a stable black and white stripe. It is the upper surface of the lace side of the fabric that is so fragile and unravels. It is as if the surface needs a netting layer or very dense quilting.