Monday, May 9, 2011

Flocked


Flocked fabric originated in Switzerland with the Swiss dot fabric.  This fabric was woven and not flocked at first until mass production provided the same effect.  Sheer flocked fabric became increasingly popular in the 40's thru late 60's.  Most of these fabric are synthetic (remind me of that later...you will see).  This fabric is gentle, usually summery in color and weight, and perfect for a project I have had in mind for a while.  


This pattern was another pick up while waiting in line to get fabric cut at Jo Ann's almost a year ago.  (I think they do that on purpose, like putting the magazines at the checkout of the grocery store)!  Looked like an easy top to wear in the heat of summer. 


Two yards of vintage flocked fabric have been waiting to be made into something more than a folded bundle.  The print is no bigger than 2 inches.  It is a nice soft yellow, but it is very sheer. 


Gathering some supplies.  The fabric cut nicely.   I do not sew with a serger so I made sure to pink all the edges when I made the initial cuts.  Once I began to sew I was surprised to see the fabric didn't shift or roll.  Ah!  but it was not all peaches and cream...there were no markings on this yardage.  Me being me, I flipped on the iron and started to press my seams...ack!  The fabric melted!  Hello, synthetic!  


I love how the arm seams came out.  No seam tape, no seam binding.  Very unusual technique for me.  Beautifully, hidden.


There were two options to have a bow or no bow.  I am a bow/ruffle kind of girl.  


This top has been steamed three times.  My seams are still not laying flat.  That is the OCD in me.  Overall, it turned out great.  Worn with a pair of black carpi's it can be dressed up.  Or I can dress it down with a pair of shorts.  I have a white camisole to wear under it.  It was certainly true to size on the pattern although I did shorten the length 2 inches to make it petite.  
This is my ode to Doris Day.  It screams Don't Eat the Daisies...wear them!

9 comments:

Kim K. said...

What a beautiful shade of yellow and I love the flocked print. This is just gorgeous. Can't you just see Doris Day running around in this lovely top with a white wicker purse and sassy sandals. Love it!!

Cindy said...

Oh Doris Day..I do love her!And yes you are right I could see her wearing that!!You are so talented!

Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Nancy ~ Inkcicles said...

Oh wow! Totally love your summer top!
:-)

kluless said...

I turned out great and I love this post. Yes, I can absolutely see Doris Day standing in the garden wearing this top and a big floppy hat while she gathers flowers!

GardenofDaisies said...

Cute!! Love the daisies! ( Reminds me of the green daisy flocked fabric I used to make my Junior Prom dress. ) Try tossing it in the washing machine and see how the seams look after it comes out.

A Vintage Chic said...

So adorable, Renee! LOVE that fabric...and you're so right--it DOES look like something Doris Day would wear!

Thanks for the lovely inspiration...

Julie

fee @ chipper nelly said...

Love the colour...
love the fabric...
LOVE the bow!
Need to get back to my (2nd) dress - stuck on the zip!
Fee
(for stuck read have mental block!)

Mary Jane's Tearoom said...

So pretty and vintage inspired..
Susan x

Nan said...

I somehow missed this sewing post. When you did the sleeves, I mean arm holes, how did you do them? Do they have a facing in them? Or you could have lined it that would eliminate anything in the arm seams? Just curious as I'm just about do do my pink linen shell with lining. I'm waiting on a slow fabric order to start on my next project and have just details left on the Chanel twinset. Take Care and good to see you sewing so much. OH I wore your apron at a luncheon meeting we had at the house yesterday it was so PERFECT for this ! Nan