Top: Geometry Top; Skirt: J Crew; Stockings: American Apparel; Shoes: Frye.
The pattern was released on Sunday, but I was lucky to get an early peek at it, because Katy & Laney were looking for pattern testers.
I made it up in rayon challis (which you might recognize from this top and this skirt), which I’ve used before and
wanted to throw out the window and set on fire had a rough time with . The pattern instructions are really, really comprehensive though, and include a helpful section with tips on working with silk and silky fabrics like rayon. I ended up treating the fabric with gelatin as the instructions suggested, which worked like a charm! Who knew?! When I was a synchronized swimmer in college (and now you know where my love for lamé comes from) we used to put it in our hair to keep it in place for shows. Turns out it works just as well to stabilize fabrics. Post-gelatin, the fabric was much easier to cut and sew with.
I love the way the top turned out. I’m a sucker for loose shapes and dropped shoulders (I’m looking at you, Wikstens 1, 2, 3, and 4), so this silhouette is right up my alley. It’s a shape that I don’t see very often amongst the indie patterns out there, so I’m really pleased to have that option.
I’m planning more versions of the top already. I have another piece of rayon challis that I’d like to use, and I think a jersey version may be in the works as well. The top is a relatively quick project. I didn’t time myself, but I estimate it took me only a few hours from gelatin to finished product.
Have any of you guys ever worked with gelatin as a stabilizer? I thought it was a great, cheap alternative to stabilizers I’ve tried in the past such as sulky solvy.